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

15th November, 2015
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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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