November 11, 2015

LONDON (AP) The Latest from the IAAF investigation (all times local):


8:20 p.m.

Russia President Vladimir Putin has ordered an investigation into allegations of widespread doping among the country's sports figures.

Putin called for the investigation in a late-night meeting Wednesday with the heads of Russia's sports federations. The meeting comes in the wake of Monday's report by a commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency that said Russian sports is plagued by extensive, state-sanctioned doping.

The allegations have raised the prospect of Russia's track and field athletes being denied participation in next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Putin ordered Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and ''all colleagues connected with sport'' to pay close attention to the doping allegations and for an internal investigation to be conducted - guaranteeing full cooperation with international anti-doping bodies.


7:05 p.m.

Russia's sports minister says the country can deal with alleged widespread doping problems on its own.

Vitaly Mutko was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Wednesday that Russia holds the Word Anti-Doping Agency commission that reported on Russian problems and its findings ''in due respect.''

He says ''we agree with the commission's main findings that doping is not a problem of Russia but of the whole world and the doping problems cannot be resolved within one country.''

Mutko adds that ''Russia is capable of dealing with the problems named in the commission's report independently, and we will do it for sure.''


6:15 p.m.

IOC President Thomas Bach says he expects the IAAF to take ''necessary measures'' against the Russian track and field federation on Friday.

Russia could be suspended from the sport - nine months before next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro - when IAAF President Sebastian Coe convenes a meeting of his ruling council.

Bach tells reporters in Lausanne, Switzerland, that ''the IAAF has informed us they will take the necessary measures.''

Bach says he expects the IAAF decisions will ''protect clean athletes.''

However, the IOC president says ''we have no authority'' to bar the Russian track team from the Rio Games.

Asked if the Olympic body could show leadership in the Russian doping scandal, Bach says: ''We have already shown this leadership.''

Bach says the IOC has pledged to withdraw Olympic medals from any Russian athletes found guilty of doping and exclude athletes and coaches from future Olympics.


4:45 p.m.

The governing body of swimming says it is moving its doping test samples taken at the world championships in Russia to the WADA-accredited lab in Barcelona.

FINA says in a statement that it ''expresses its deep concern'' over the publication of the WADA-commissioned report ''and its impact in worldwide sport in general.''

During the July 24-Aug. 9 worlds in Kazan, FINA collected 645 samples - 457 urine tests and 188 blood exams. The samples were analyzed by the WADA-accredited lab in Moscow, under the supervision of independent observers from labs in Barcelona and London.

FINA says that ''every single sample collected during the Kazan 2015 FINA World Championships will be transferred and stored in the WADA-accredited laboratory in Barcelona.''


3:30 p.m.

An anti-doping official from the London Olympics says testing at the 2012 Games was ''state of the art.''

A World Anti-Doping Agency commission report said the London Olympics were ''sabotaged'' by Russian athletes who should have been banned from competing in the games because of previous suspicious test results.

Earlier Wednesday, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that if Russian athletes doped and weren't caught in London, ''then your system is zero and even worse than ours.''

Anti-doping official Jonathan Harris tells The Associated Press ''if these individuals had been rigorously tested in advance of the games then these people would have not have attended the games because they would have been under doping sanctions.''


3 p.m.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says the country is ready to allow a foreigner to take charge of its anti-doping lab.

Grigory Rodchenkov resigned Tuesday as director of Russia's anti-doping laboratory, a day after he was accused of concealing positive doping tests, extorting money from athletes and destroying 1,417 samples.

The lab - which handled doping tests for last year's Winter Olympics - has stopped work after the World Anti-Doping Agency stripped its accreditation.

In comments reported by Russian agency R-Sport, Mutko says Russia is ready ''to put a foreign specialist in charge of the laboratory, if that's what's needed.''

A Russian scientist, Marina Dikunets, is in temporary charge of the lab.


2:45 p.m.

Russian track federation vice president Tatyana Lebedeva, a former Olympic long jump champion, says the organization has carried out enough reforms to deserve a place at next year's Olympics despite the doping scandal.

Lebedeva tells The Associated Press ''our federation has done everything possible that was in its power'' to reform over the last year, since a German documentary about systematic doping in Russia aired.

The federation has prepared a response to the IAAF over the allegations ahead of a meeting Friday that will determine whether to suspend Russia, the first step toward potentially barring the country's track and field team from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Lebedeva appealed to new IAAF President Sebastian Coe to allow Russia to compete at next year's Olympics, saying ''he gave us the chance to carry out that restart, that restructuring that we've done and we hope that he will value our labor and give us the chance to compete in that good, positive tone.''


1:15 p.m.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has slammed Britain, saying its anti-doping system is worth ''zero'' if it failed to catch drug cheats at the 2012 Olympics.

Monday's report into Russian doping by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission said six athletes with previous suspicious test results competed at the London Olympics, where drug tests were handled by a British laboratory.

In remarks reported by Russia's Interfax news agency, Mutko said that if athletes doped and weren't caught in London, ''then your system is zero and even worse than ours.''

Mutko also said it was ''absurd'' that his membership on the FIFA executive committee should be reviewed in light of the report, which said his ministry helped to cover up doping cases.


11:15 a.m.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled a meeting with sports leaders, scheduled to be held in Sochi on Wednesday in the wake of the country's doping scandal.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted by Russian state news agencies as saying the reason for the cancellation was heavy rain that has restricted flights in and out of Sochi, the host city of last year's Winter Olympics.

Putin had been due to discuss the doping allegations against Russia, with track federation coach Yuri Borzakovsky in attendance.

The sports leaders have instead arranged a meeting in the city of Mineralnye Vody with Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov.

Putin is to be briefed separately later, according to Peskov.


10:20 a.m.

Lamine Diack has resigned as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee.

The resignation came Wednesday, a day after the former IAAF president was provisionally suspended by the IOC executive board.

Diack was placed under investigation by French authorities last week on charges of corruption and money-laundering related to the cover-up of Russian doping cases.

Diack served as a full IOC member for 15 years until 2014, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 80 and became an honorary member. The Senegalese official stepped down in August as president of the IAAF after 16 years in charge of track's governing body.

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