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Russia has been vilified over athletics doping, but it is not the only miscreant in this controversy

15th November, 2015
Cleaning up athletics can’t stop with sanctioning Russia. The sport’s governing body needs to take a serious, introspective look at how it got to this point Picture: Getty

Within hours of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s highly anticipated report on doping and corruption in international athletics, the Kremlin was quickly on the offensive, arguing that the main thrust of the claims – that Russian authorities oversaw a programme to conceal positive test results – were not supported by the evidence.

By last Thursday, however, president Vladimir Putin was ordering officials to conduct an internal investigation into international allegations of a systematic doping...

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