11 Nov 2015

Head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory resigns

6:32 pm on 11 November 2015

The head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory has resigned, after he was accused of being part of a state-sponsored doping program.

WADA president Dick Pound.

WADA president Dick Pound. Photo: AFP

The World Anti-Doping Agency has accused Grigory Rodchenkov of being at the heart of a scheme to cover up widespread use of illegal drugs among Russian athletes, including deliberately destroying positive test samples.

His resignation comes after WADA suspended Moscow's heavily criticised anti-doping laboratory on Tuesday, the day after releasing its explosive, 335-page report on the scandal.

IAAF president Sebastian Coe has given the Russian Athletics Federation "until the end of the week" to respond or risk possible suspension, with the IAAF Council set to meet in Monaco on Friday.

-AFP

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