Pound promises 'wow factor' in part two of WADA report

Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:08pm EST
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(Reuters) - Dick Pound, author of the report that revealed shocking levels of doping in Russian athletics and led to the suspension of Russia's athletics federation, says the upcoming second part of the report will be even more explosive.

In an interview with Britain's Independent newspaper published on Wednesday, Pound said the next round of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that looks into possible corruption within the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will be even more jolting.

"When we release this information to the world, there will be a wow factor," former WADA president Pound told the Independent.

"People will say: 'How on earth could this happen?' It's a complete betrayal of what the people in charge of the sport should be doing."

The second part of the investigation delves into the IAAF, and paved the way for the arrest of its former president Lamine Diack and ex-head of anti-doping Gabriel Dolle, and is now in the hands of the French authorities.

The French are looking into possible corruption within the IAAF and the results of the 15,000 blood samples which were leaked by the organization in August.

Pound, who has yet to see the analysis of blood samples while the French prosecution is ongoing into Diack, Dolle and Habib Cisse, a legal advisor at the IAAF to Diack, said studying that material would probably delay publication of the report.

"It would be nice to have it done in 2015," Pound said. "But it looks more likely to be January.

"One fear is that if we issue it on the Friday before Christmas for example no one will notice it and we want to have the maximum impact and deterrent."   Continued...

Sportsmen train at a local stadium in the southern city of Stavropol, Russia, November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko