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ATHLETICS: Dick Pound heads panel to investigate German TV allegations

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 1:49 PM

The former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Dick Pound, is to chair a panel to investigate allegations made in a series of German TV documentaries.

Broadcaster ARD alleges an unnamed member of athletics' governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had a list of 150 suspicious blood samples that were not looked at.

It is alleged many came from Russia but it was also claimed a top British athlete escaped investigation.

The Russian Athletics Federation wants to see the unedited TV material.

WADA says the independent commission panel will begin work on January 1, 2015.

Pound will be joined on the three-person commission by Professor Richard McLaren, an experienced legal counsel who has experience in the world of international sports law and is a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

WADA says a third member of the commission will be named in due course.

German broadcaster ARD reported claims from an anonymous member of the IAAF's medical commission that there was no targeted testing of athletes who had returned abnormal blood samples between 2006 and 2008.

Other unnamed athletes, from Kenya, Germany, Spain and Morocco are also implicated in the allegations.

The Russian Athletics Federation has threatened legal action against ARD, rejecting its allegations as lies.

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