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