Athletics

Diack resigns IOC role amid doping scandal

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack.
Former IAAF president Lamine Diack. Reuters/Jason Lee

Former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack has resigned from his position on the International Olympic Committee, where he was serving as an honorary member, as French police investigate corruption allegations against him.

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Diack had been provisionally suspended by the IOC while he is investigated by French police over allegations he took bribes to cover up positive drugs tests when at the helm of the IAAF.

He had already resigned as president of the International Athletics Foundation, the IAAF's charitable arm.

The move comes after the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday published a report that detailed widespread and systematic cheating among Russian athletes.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said that calls for Russia to be excluded from the 2016 Olympics are aimed at tarnishing the country's image.

Honest Russian athletes should not be made to suffer because others "broke some rules", he added.

Despite calls for a Russian ban, IOC president Thomas Bach said he expected the country would comply with doping regulations in time for its athletes to compete in Rio.

Bach said he had confidence that IAAF president Sebastian Coe could clean up athletics, adding that it was up to the IAAF to decide if Russia should be sanctioned.

The head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory resigned Tuesday, hours after the lab was suspended over accusations it was part of a state-sponsored doping programme.

Mutko has since indicated he would be ready to appoint a foreign expert to head the anti-doping lab.

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