IAAF accepts ‘extreme gravity’ of WADA report

International Association of Athletics Federations outgoing president Lamine Diack, left, speaks next to newly elected president Sebastian Coe during a press briefing at the IAAF Congress. (Andy Wong/AP)

MONACO — The IAAF has accepted the "extreme gravity" of the offences revealed in an investigation of its past corruption and says it will use the recommendations in the World Anti-Doping Agency report as the basis for reform of track and field’s international governing body.

The WADA report found that the IAAF was corrupted from the inside by a "powerful rogue group," and they conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing.

Sebastian Coe, who replaced Lamine Diack as IAAF president last August, said that the track and field body "has an enormous task ahead of it to restore public confidence."

"The weakness of IAAF’s governance, which has been exposed, allowed individuals at the head of the previous regime at the IAAF to delay the following of normal procedures in certain doping cases," the IAAF said in a statement.

Coe said the corruption revealed in the WADA report "is totally abhorrent, and a gross betrayal of trust by those involved."

He said many of the recommendations made by the WADA Independent Commission were already part of the reforms being put in place by the new administration "but we will now urgently consider all of the new recommendations and will incorporate them quickly into that reform program."