Another Black Eye for Athletics

Sports medicine specialist, Dr. Paul Wright, says the bribery allegations against former IAAF boss, Lamine Diack, are another black eye to the sport.

Wright says he’s also saddened by the revelation of a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.

A WADA investigating committee has said Russia’s athletics system is plagued with rampant and systematic doping problems, the world anti-doping agency has suspended Russia’s official sports drug-testing lab.

The decision to suspend the Moscow anti-doping center’s accreditation takes effect immediately and could last at least six months.

While the move is subject to appeal, it means that all athletes’ samples that are currently at the center must be moved to an accredited lab outside of Russia.

Former IAAF President, Lamine Diack, has resigned from his position as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee.

Diack is provisionally suspended by the IOC while he is investigated by French police over allegations he took bribes to cover up positive drugs tests when in charge of the world athletics governing body.