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Guardian chief sports correspondent

Lord Coe warns IAAF must act quickly to prevent crisis of confidence

theguardian.com — Lord Coe, the IAAF vice-president who hopes to run athletics from next year, has admitted the crisis facing the sport is as serious as those sparked by the Ben Johnson and Balco doping scandals.

Crisis at IAAF that threatens to bring athletics to its knees

theguardian.com — A perfect storm that threatens to bring athletics to its knees. The claims can broadly be divided into two overlapping categories. In the first are strong suggestions of institutional doping at the Russian athletics federation that may have been covered up by IAAF officials, as revealed by the German broadcaster ARD in a persuasive documentary and backed up by documents seen by the Guardian and L'Equipe.

IAAF’s most senior anti-doping official, Dr Gabriel Dollé, leaves job

theguardian.com — The most senior anti-doping official in athletics has left his post after being interviewed by the world governing body's ethics commission, the Guardian can reveal. Dr Gabriel Dollé, the director of the medical and anti-doping department at the International Association of Athletics Federations, was an important figure in the body, with the job of overseeing all doping-related aspects of IAAF events, athletes and associated matters.

Papa Massata Diack steps down from IAAF post pending doping investigation

theguardian.com — Three senior IAAF officials, including the son of president Lamine Diack, have stepped down from their posts with athletics' world governing body pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations of a cover-up of systematic doping in Russia.

Doha: the honeypot that catapulted itself into the sporting world

theguardian.com — Amid a chaotic tangle of demands, requests, protocol queries, marketing opportunities, sponsorship suggestions, offers of well-remunerated assistance from western consultants and concerns over media allegations of impropriety, lies one version of the truth behind Qatar's extraordinary sporting land grab.

Questions for IAAF president’s son over $5m request to Doha amid 2017 bid

theguardian.com — The son of Lamine Diack, the president of the world governing body of athletics, appeared to request a payment of $5m in the course of Doha's failed bid to win the right to host the 2017 world championships, according to leaked emails seen by the Guardian.

Ben Johnson's legacy of cynicism is still hard to shake off

theguardian.com — Last month, more than 40 of Kenya's athletes were subjected to out-of-competition blood tests in their home country for the first time after a team of drug testers descended on the Rift Valley, a long-time magnet for international distance runners wanting to train at altitude.

Lord Coe says IAAF could suspend Russia over doping allegations

theguardian.com — A wave of allegations of systemic doping among Russian athletes and new claims that link the sport's governing body to covering up the problem have led IAAF presidential hopeful Lord Coe to admit it is a "very, very difficult time" for the sport.

Son of IAAF president Lamine Diack demanded $5m from Doha 2017 bid

theguardian.com — The son of Lamine Diack, the president of the world governing body of athletics, demanded a personal payment of $5m in the course of Doha's failed bid to win the right to host the 2017 world athletics championships, it can be revealed.

IOC unveils Olympic vision in blaze of Monaco back-slapping

theguardian.com — With no discernible irony the International Olympic Committee chose Monaco, home of the tax shy and super rich, to vote through a series of proposals partly designed to make bidding for and hosting its showpiece events cheaper and easier.
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Dec 18, 2014

RT @Dopinglist: Wilson Kipsang threatens to sue Athletics Kenya - The Scotsman bit.ly/1r20KFs

Dec 18, 2014

Hasn't N Korea's plan backfired a bit? Surely more people have now heard that clip of The Interview than would ever have seen the film?

Dec 17, 2014

Mark Pieth interesting on 5 Live - reminding us that three quarters of Fifa's members don't give a toss about governance reform.

Dec 17, 2014

Michael Garcia quits Fifa ethics committee over handling of report bit.ly/13z11Wj

Dec 17, 2014

@bonitamersiades @GaryLineker You'd get a great documentary out of it, if nothing else. MoTD from Fifa HQ might be problematic though.

Dec 17, 2014

Handball twice as profitable as football for migrant workers in Qatar paid to make stands look full at sports events: theguardian.com/sport/2014/dec…

Dec 17, 2014

While this is yet another slow motion car crash for Fifa, while the W Cup money keeps rolling in (and out again) little is likely to change.

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