The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) have called for Russia to be banned from athletics competitions.
In a report published earlier today, Wada’s independent commission examined allegations about doping within Russian athletics and a cover-up within International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), athletic’s governing body.
The investigation, which was launched after allegations made in a German television documentary last December, said there were “systemic failures” in the IAAF and wants five athletes and five coaches to receive lifetime doping bans for cheating.
The commission recommends that Wada immediately withdraws its accreditation of the Moscow laboratory after a series of failures, including inadequate testing and poor compliance to world doping test standards.
It also suggests that any doping information from the Russian athletics federation (Araf), Russian anti-doping agency (Rusada), and the Russian Federation should be treated with suspicion.
In one confirmed allegation, the report described a situation where Russian doctors destroyed more than 1,400 samples after receiving a notification that they should be preserved for re-testing by Wada.
The report’s co-author, sports lawyer Richard McLaren, described the scandal as “a different scale of corruption”, even in comparison with the current Fifa scandal and Lord Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, said these were “dark days for the sport”.
The report went on to describe the sabotage of the London 2012 Olympics by the “widespread inaction” by authorities to bring disciplinary proceedings against Russian athletes believed to be doping.