The WADA report also identified "systematic failures" at the IAAF, athletics' world governing body, which has been rocked by a French judicial investigation into fraud involving its former chief Lamine Diack and other senior officials.

"It's pretty disturbing," said former WADA chief Richard Pound, who headed the three-man commission adding that the extent of the cheating was worse than they thought.
    
The panel's findings called for athletics' governing body (IAAF) to suspend Russia's athletics body (ARAF) and declare it 'non-compliant' with globally agreed doping regulations.

Australia has backed the World Anti Doping Agency's recommendation that Russia be banned from international athletics, including the 2016 Olympics, after a report alleged systematic state-backed cheating.

Athletics Australia Chief Executive Phil Jones said on Tuesday there was not enough time for Russia to prove itself clean before next year's Games in Rio de Janeiro.
              
"The runway clearly is very short to address all the issues that the report calls out," he told state radio broadcaster ABC.

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