The International Association of Athletics Federations, track and field's world governing body, has launched an online portal for reporting suspicions of doping, the latest weapon in its fight against cheating in sport.
The IAAF said the secure portal on its home page is available in six languages and offers full confidentiality. It added all information is submitted and transmitted via secure networks and is completely anonymous. The world governing body of track and field asked people to report any information related to evidence or suspicion of doping, knowledge of coaches and support personnel who encourage cheating, trafficking of banned substances, and new doping products.
In a statement, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said even the smallest piece of information could be vital in helping to protect the integrity of competition and a level playing field. Coe also remarked we must stand tall for clean athletes. The IAAF chief said the future of our sport relies on the entire athletics community doing everything it can to oppose cheating and said this easily accessible but secure Report Doping portal gives us all the means to play our part.
The IAAF has been under spotlight ever since a new documentary revealed that athletes with conspicuous blood tests have allegedly paid IAAF top officials in return for participation in international competition. A documentary by German broadcaster ARD disclosed six named Russian athletes are believed to have paid between $318,000 and $740,000 each.
In the latest documentary from German broadcaster ARD by journalist Hajo Seppelt in cooperation with French newspaper Le Monde, the involvement of former leaders of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was broadened in the doping scandal that hit athletics in 2014.
A number of emails sent shortly after ARD raised the first doping cover-ups in Russian athletics offered details into the relationship between the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) and the International Association of Athletics Federations.
ARD disclosed that the world governing body of track and field repeatedly wrote then ARAF president Valentin Balakhnichev about the failed tests of six Russian athletes and the emails were answered by threats to expose information that links the IAAF to the doping scandal. An email signed by Valentin said let us remind you that the background of these six cases from the very beginning was very far from any legal and ethical frames. The email continues you as we understand, after a 3-years conspiracy game, decided to play ‘fair’ and in accordance with IAAF rules and added it is your choice but we are confident that it is not a wise step. The email also reads this will ruin not only the ARAF, the reputation of the IAAF, its Presidency and key anti-doping responsible officers will get huge black spot. The email also suggests that the Russian Athletics Federation and the IAAF had been running a “total protection project” that allowed athletes, who had tested positive for doping to compete in the London Olympics in 2012.
Former president of the ARAF and IAAF treasurer Balakhnichev, former ARAF chief coach for long-distance athletes Alexei Melnikov, and Papa Massata Diack, former IAAF consultant and son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack receive life bans by the IAAF ethics commission following the release of the World Anti-Doping Agency reports.
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