Pound to lead WADA probe into Russia doping
LONDON (AP):Former World Anti-Doping Agency chairman, Dick Pound, vowed yesterday to get to the bottom of allegations of systematic doping in Russia as he leads an investigation into a case that has shaken the sport of track and field.
"We're not there to whitewash anything," Pound told The Associated Press. "We're there to get the facts, reach conclusions and make recommendations."
WADA announced yesterday that Pound will head a three-person independent panel that will investigate the "grave" accusations of widespread doping, cover-ups and corruption in Russia that were broadcast by German television network ARD.
"If all these things are true, it's extremely serious for sport, for athletics, for the countries involved," Pound said in a telephone interview.
Veteran Canadian sports arbitrator Richard McLaren will also serve on the commission, while a third member will be announced later. WADA said the investigation will begin next month.
The panel will seek to determine if there have been any violations of the World Anti-Doping Code by athletes, coaches, doctors, trainers, and WADA-accredited laboratories that could lead to sanctions against individuals or organisations.
WADA said the panel will review the evidence aired by the German broadcaster, as well as "other information received separately" by the agency.
"Once the investigation is concluded, if it is found that there have been violations or breaches of the rules, WADA will ensure that any individuals or organisations concerned are dealt with in an appropriate fashion under the World Anti-Doping Code," WADA President Craig Reedie said.
The appointment of Pound indicates that WADA will investigate fully and without restriction.