London - Former World Anti-doping Agency
(WADA) chairperson Dick Pound on Friday criticised IAAF president Sebastian Coe
for not doing more to uncover corruption at the highest level of his sport.
Pound, who chaired the WADA independent
commission that found evidence of "state-sponsored doping" in Russian
athletics, said that Coe and Sergey Bubka should have taken action during their
tenures as IAAF vice-presidents under Lamine Diack, who Coe succeeded last
Diack's son, Papa Massata Diack, was one of
three senior IAAF figures banned for life by the organisation's ethics
commission on Thursday for blackmailing athletes who had failed doping tests.
"Coe and Bubka were there. It's easy
enough if you want to get a governance review," Pound said in an interview
with British newspaper The Times.
"They had a (19th-century)
constitution in a 21st-century organisation.
"They had an opportunity a long time
ago to address issues of governance, and you saw from the International Olympic
Committee what happens if you don't do that -- you get your tits in the
Former Russian athletics chief Valentin
Balakhnichev and former Russian walking coach Alexei Melnikov have also been
given life bans, while ex-IAAF anti-doping director Gabriel Dolle received a
Papa Massata Diack, Balakhnichev and
Melnikov were found to have blackmailed Russian runner Liliya Shobukhova,
London marathon winner in 2010, into paying a bribe for a positive drugs test
to be covered up.
Coe reacted to their suspensions by saying:
"The life bans announced today (Thursday) could not send a stronger
message that those who attempt to corrupt or subvert the sport of athletics
will be brought to justice."
Papa Massata Diack, Lamine Diack and Balakhnichev
are also under investigation by French police over allegations they took bribes
to hush up doping offences.
Lamine Diack alone is alleged to have
received $1.1 million. His son acted as a marketing consultant to the IAAF until
forced to stand down over the scandals.
Pound's independent commission is due to
publish a second report next week and he said that it would reveal evidence of
corruption even more shocking than the scandal plaguing world football's
governing body FIFA.
"With very few exceptions, I have not
seen international sports federation presidents so involved in corruption, as
opposed to moving money around like the FIFA boys," he said.
"In a sense, this is worse. This gets
down to affecting the outcome on the field of play. It's about the integrity of
He added: "You get to see how some