Outgoing IAAF president defends doping record

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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Outgoing IAAF President Lamine Diack has defended the work done by world athletics' governing body to combat doping, saying on Wednesday the organization had an "unparalleled" record among sports in detecting and punishing drug cheats.

The International Association of Athletics Federations has faced a string of accusations over the last three weeks that it neglected its duty to address the issue after the leak of blood test data to two media organizations.

"It's a tricky problem to deal with but we constantly continue to discuss matters and introduce new measures," he said in his opening remarks to the 50th IAAF Congress.

"Okay, a newspaper stole some information from our data bank but I think our officers have reacted in an admirable way.

"They have said, 'this is what we have done, this is what we're doing.'"

The Senegalese said the IAAF spent "millions of dollars" every year on fighting doping and had been instrumental in the setting up of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

He added that his organization had been in the vanguard when it came to making penalties for doping tougher.

Diack's 16 years in charge of the IAAF will come to an end later in the day when either Sergey Bubka or Sebastian Coe replaces him as president after a ballot of the 214 national federations.   Continued...

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack speaks during a news conference for the Diamond League athletics meet in Doha May 10, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous