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IAAF to double anti-doping budget in bid to regain trust in athletics

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has said it will double its anti-doping budget. The move is part of a 10-point plan by IAAF President Sebastian Coe to "restore trust" in athletics.

The announcement on Tuesday came just weeks after the athletics world ran into crisis following an initial report by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The report detailed the systematic, state-sponsored doping and related corruption in Russia. It also resulted in the country's provisional suspension from track and field events.

The IAAF itself has also been caught up in corruption allegations in recent months, including the taking of bribes to cover up doping.

Retired IAAF president, Lamime Diack was also placed under formal investigation by French authorities in December 2015 on suspicion of money laundering and corruption.

'A sport under intense scrutiny'

With just nine months to go until the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics, Coe said on Tuesday that to rebuild trust, the IAAF "must become an accountable, responsible and responsive organization, while the sport must adopt a values-based culture where future athletes learn from clean athletes, coaches and officials."

"Be under no illusion about how seriously I take these issues," Coe added. "I am president of an international federation which is under serious investigations and I represent a sport under intense scrutiny."

The second part of WADA's independent commission report is due to be released on January 14.

ksb/rc (Reuters, AFP)

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