The World Anti-Doping Agency is set to release its findings on widespread allegations that have sent tremors over the last year.

WADA’s independent commission will make a report public on Monday that is prompted by a 2014 documentary by a German broadcaster. This documentary alleged widespread cheating and doping among athletes, coaches, and officials from Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency is also looking into an August 2015 report that included leaked information from database of the International Association of Athletics Federation, which included tests that allegedly revealed suspicious results for many Olympic and world championship medalists.

Athletics has come under the scanner, especially after IAAF President Lamine Diack was investigated over an alleged payment of more than one million euros to cover up doping offences by Russian athletes.

A prosecutor from the Parquet National Financier (PNF), which handles financial prosecutions in France, confirmed that the former IAAF President is being investigated. Diack and his adviser Habib Cisse have been formally interviewed and Gabriel Dolle, the IAAF’s anti-doping director, has been taken into custody.

The 82-year-old Senegalese, who was IAAF president from 1999 until 2015, is suspected of corruption and money-laundering. Diack is suspected to have taken money allegedly to hide positive doping tests. Diack was arrested and released on £350,000 bail and was ordered to surrender his passport.

The PNF prosecutor added the investigations included a probe into bribery allegations that Diack received more than one million euros to cover up positive drugs tests. A statement from the IAAF confirmed French police officers paid a visit to the IAAF headquarters in Monaco and took documents. IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who took over in August from Diack, was at the office at the time and volunteered to speak to the investigators.

Papa Massata Diack, Diack’s son, stepped down from his role as a marketing consultant to the IAAF and the head of Russia’s athletics federation, Valentin Balakhnichev resigned from his role as IAAF treasurer. Dolle, the director of the IAAF medical and anti-doping department, left the federation after he was questioned by its ethics commission. This all was after it was claimed by German broadcaster ARD that a number of positive dope tests involving Russian athletes had been concealed by officials from the IAAF. The leaked data published in August revealed that a third of all medals in endurance events at World Championships and Olympics between 2001 and 2012 had been won by athletes who recorded suspicious tests.

A statement was released by the IAAF in which it was said that the world governing body of athletics confirms that a French police investigation has commenced that originated from separate ongoing investigations by the independent commission of WADA and the IAAF’s own independent Ethics Commission into allegations surrounding its anti-doping rules and regulations.

WADA released a statement and confirmed that the investigations had been prompted by its information. The statement read the World Anti-Doping Agency is aware of the ongoing criminal investigations relating to sport officials and allegations of corruption and money-laundering, as announced by the French authorities and added these investigations are a result of information passed on by WADA’s Independent Commission (IC) to the relevant authorities.

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