Listen Download Podcast
  • RFI English News flash 04h00 - 04h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/30 04h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 04h10 - 04h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 09/30 04h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 05h00 - 05h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/29 05h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 05h10 - 05h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 09/29 05h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h00 - 06h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/29 06h00 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h10 - 06h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 09/29 06h10 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 06h30 - 06h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/29 06h30 GMT
  • Paris Live AM 06h33 - 06h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 09/29 06h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h00 - 07h10 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/29 07h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 07h30 - 07h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/29 07h30 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 09/25 14h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h00 - 14h06 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/29 14h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 14h03 - 14h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 09/25 14h03 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h06 - 14h30 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 09/29 14h06 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 14h30 - 14h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/29 14h30 GMT
  • Paris Live PM 14h33 - 14h59 GMT Mon-Fri
    Features and analysis 09/29 14h33 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h03 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 09/25 16h00 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h00 - 16h06 GMT Sat-Sun
    News bulletin 09/29 16h00 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h03 - 16h30 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 09/25 16h03 GMT
  • RFI English News flash 16h30 - 16h33 GMT Mon-Fri
    News bulletin 09/29 16h30 GMT
  • Paris Live Weekend 16h33 - 17h00 GMT Sat-Sun
    Features and analysis 09/25 16h33 GMT
To take full advantage of multimedia content, you must have the Flash plugin installed in your browser. To connect, you need to enable cookies in your browser settings. For an optimal navigation, the RFI site is compatible with the following browsers: Internet Explorer 8 and above, Firefox 10 and +, Safari 3+, Chrome 17 and + etc.
Sports

WADA says corruption is embedded in IAAF

media Dick Pound, responsável pela comissão independente da WADA durante a entrevista coletiva, em Munique. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

The International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF has come in for heavy criticism from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which said corruption was embedded in the world athletics body.

The extent of corruption in the world athletics body was exposed in a report released on Thursday in which WADA said that the IAAF must have known about corruption orchestrated by its former leader Lamine Diack.

Diack faces criminal charges in France over allegations that he took more than one million euros in bribes from Russian athletes and officials to cover up failed drug tests.

Richard Pound, the former WADA president who wrote the report, said that current IAAF chairman Sebastien Coe is the best person to lead reforms of the world body.

The report states that the world athletics body was not tough enough with several countries including Russia thus indicating that doping scandals were not limited to Russia.

Pound said there was a “complete breakdown of governance structures and lack of accountability” at the IAAF.

“It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on his own,” he said of the corruption.

Pound said the governing council, which included Coe, had to be aware of the corruption.

The first part of Pound's report, released in November said there was a “state-sponsored” doping system in Russia, which has since been suspended by the IAAF.

The new report said Diack had told a lawyer he would need to make a deal with Russia's President Vladimir Putin to ensure nine Russian athletes accused of doping would not compete at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

Several IAAF staff have said they sought to draw attention to the doping abuses to leaders but were ignored.

The WADA report touched on this aspect saying there was an evident lack of political appetite within the IAAF to confront Russia with the full extent of its known and suspected doping activities.

Pound warned that the IAAF scandal could be worse than the one in Fifa.
 

Related
 
Sorry but the period of time connection to the operation is exceeded.