RCI St. Lucia
posted on February 17, 2015 13:03
The head of world athletics has admitted the sport faces "a crisis" over allegations of doping by Russian competitors.
Speaking to the BBC, Lamine Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said: "It's a difficult crisis but we will put it behind us by cleaning all this."
In December, a German TV documentary claimed Russian officials systematically accepted payment from athletes to supply banned substances and cover up tests.
In his first broadcast interview since the allegations were made public, Diack said he was "shocked" and "disturbed" when he first heard the claims.
But the 81-year-old Senegalese official insisted allegations that 99% of Russian athletes are doping were "a joke" and "ridiculous".
"I cannot accept that somebody came and said in Russia it's 99% cheating. It's not true," he said.
"I understand after this kind of crisis people are saying 'OK, what are they doing, is it right or not?', but I think we have to be absolutely clear that our athletes are 90% to 95% clean."