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report: iaaf poisoned by rogue group

MUNICH — Track and field's governing body was corrupted from the inside by a "powerful rogue group" led by its former president, and the group conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing, World Anti-Doping Agency investigators reported Thursday.

Other leaders of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) were at fault, too, the investigators' report said. They must have known of the nepotism that allowed Lamine Diack to turn the IAAF into a personal fiefdom during his 16-year reign as president, it said.

"It is increasingly clear that far more IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged," said the report, written by former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound and presented by him at a news conference.

A key question raised by the report is whether alleged corruption under Diack infected other areas of IAAF business. The investigators called for a detailed followup investigation of all world championships awarded by the ruling body for 2009-19 due to evidence they found of possible wrongdoing.

The report made further uncomfortable reading for Sebastian Coe, the Olympic champion British middle-distance runner who took over from Diack in August. Coe was in the audience as Pound sifted through the grim findings and asserted that the IAAF remains an organization in denial.

Coe is not accused of wrongdoing. But as an IAAF vice president under Diack, he was part of its oversight body, the Council, which took a hammering in the report. The Council "could not have been unaware of the extent of doping" and the breaking of anti-doping rules, and "could not have been unaware of the level of nepotism" under Diack, it said.

But Pound said he believes Coe had "not the faintest idea of the extent" of Diack's alleged corruption when he took power.

Coe said changing IAAF's "cultural embedment" will take time but "we can make the changes."

et cetera

BASEBALL: A federal judge reduced by 16 months the prison sentence being served by Anthony Bosch, the former owner of the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables that supplied banned substances to Alex Rodriguez and other players. Prosecutors requested to cut the four-year sentence because Bosch, 52, provided vital information in the investigation.

Soccer: The sport's governing body, FIFA, banned Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from signing players in the next two transfer windows for breaching rules when registering players younger than 18.

Tennis: Defending champion Serena Williams and No. 5-ranked Maria Sharapova were drawn into the same section for the Australian Open, meaning last year's finalists could meet in the quarterfinals. Men's champion Novak Djokovic could meet No. 3 Roger Federer in the semis. The other half of the men's draw includes No 2 Andy Murray and No. 5 Rafael Nadal. The year's first Grand Slam event begins Monday.

Times wires

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