WADA to investigate Russian doping allegations

MONTREAL (AP) The World Anti-Doping Agency says it will conduct its own probe of allegations of systematic doping in Russia.

WADA announced the inquiry Wednesday after ''careful review of a series of documentary programs over the past week'' by Germany's ARD network.

The programs alleged a web of doping and corruption in Russian athletics that implicated government-backed agencies.

Last week, WADA said it would ensure that the allegations were investigated, and had passed evidence to an IAAF ethics panel.

Now, WADA President Craig Reedie has promised an agency probe ''to determine what actions are required to be taken by WADA and others.''

Reedie's statement targets ''all athletes who have cheated,'' though does not mention officials who have been implicated.

WADA says it will later announce details of the inquiry and investigation panel.

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