Russia says accusations of Putin's role in doping 'baffling'
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the Russian Olympic Committee says it is "baffling" to say that President Vladimir Putin may have been consulted on doping by Russian athletes.
A World Anti-Doping Agency commission's report published Thursday said former IAAF president Lamine Diack told a lawyer he would consult Putin, "with whom he had struck up a friendship," to discuss doping cases against nine Russians ahead of the 2013 world championships in Moscow.
The report says the processing of the cases was deliberately delayed, though none of the nine competed at the 2013 worlds and all were eventually banned after further delays.
ROC president Alexander Zhukov, who is also a senior Russian politician, says the mention of Putin in the report is "unsupported" by evidence and raises doubt over the commission's other findings.