AP reports on IAAF knowledge of Russian doping, from EME News (source: AP)


Kaniskina_OlgaFV-WCh09.jpgOlga Kaniskina, photo by PhotoRun.net

PARIS (FRA): Associated Press informs that six years before the IAAF banned Russia, the IAAF knew of doping so out of control it feared Russian athletes could die from abusing blood-boosting drugs and transfusions, and officials considered collaborating with Russians to hide the extent of cheating before the 2012 London Olympics, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. But as a sophisticated new blood-testing program was launched in 2009, IAAF tests were already providing shocking insight into the scale and gravity of Russian doping, according to six years of emails, letters and reports the AP received from a person intimately involved in the IAAF's anti-doping program. The person requested anonymity because he wasn't allowed to release the documents. Writes the AP.

Editor: I read the report from AP and it is pretty damning. The problem is this, how do we judge this information? At time, did IAAF have information that would convict Russians? If not, how were they expected to act?

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