Russians slam WADA report
The head of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) said it was "baffling" to think that Vladimir Putin may have been consulted on doping by Russian athletes.
A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission's report published Thursday said former IAAF president Lamine Diack told a lawyer he would consult Putin, "with whom he had struck up a friendship," to discuss doping cases against nine Russians ahead of the 2013 world championships in Moscow.
The report says the processing of the cases was deliberately delayed, though none of the nine competed at the 2013 Worlds and all were eventually banned after further delays.
ROC president Alexander Zhukov, who is also a senior Russian politician, said the mention of Putin in the report is not backed up by evidence and raises doubt over the commission's other findings.
"The unsupported mention of Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, in the context of doping and corruption scandals at the IAAF is baffling," Zhukov said in a statement on the ROC website Thursday. "Moreover, the authors of the document admit that they do not have trustworthy information and simply cite certain words from third parties.
"This approach can only place in doubt the objectivity of the commission's work and those views contained in its report," Zhukov said.