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Vladimir Putin linked to athletics' doping scandal

The former leader of world athletics' governing body, Lamine Diack, reportedly told a lawyer he'd need to cut a deal with Russian president Vladimir Putin to ensure nine Russian athletes accused of doping wouldn't compete at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

That's according to a new report on the doping scandal that reached the top of the sport and country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: AP

Details of the 89-page investigation, to be released by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Thursday, were provided to The Associated Press early by a person who had reviewed it.

The report comes a day after the AP released details from six years of IAAF internal emails, reports and notes showing a high level of communication between the athletics federation and Russian officials about suspicious test results from the nation's athletes, including plans to cover up some doping evidence.

In addition to the deal-making friendship forged between Putin and then-IAAF president Diack, the report details a sudden increase from $US6 million ($A8.62 million) to $US25 million ($A35.9 million) for Russian rights to televise the 2013 worlds, provided by a Russian bank.

It also tells of a lawyer who was handpicked by Diack to handle Russian cases even though he had little experience with anti-doping measures.

It concludes there was no way members of the IAAF Council, which included current president Sebastian Coe, could have been unaware of the extent of doping and non-enforcement of the rules in track.

The report, written by WADA's first president, Dick Pound, says the IAAF must restructure to ensure corruption cannot go unchecked.

The corruption "cannot be blamed on a small number of miscreants," Pound wrote.

"The corruption was embedded in the organisation.

"It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on his own."

The report reveals meetings between Diack and IAAF lawyer Huw Roberts, who delivered details of the nine Russian doping cases directly to Diack and asked how he planned to resolve them.

With no resolution coming, Diack explained to Roberts "he was in a difficult position that could only be resolved by President Putin of Russia with whom he had struck up a friendship", the report said.

Eventually, the report says, none of the nine athletes competed in Moscow, but their cases were not further pursued by the IAAF.

Those delays led to Roberts' resignation in January 2014.

By then, according to the report's details, Roberts had virtually no control over cases involving Russians.

In November 2011, Diack turned over responsibility for Russian cases involving biological passport blood tests to his personal lawyer, Habib Cisse.

Cisse is under investigation in France for corruption. Diack's son, Papa Massata Diack, has been banned from track for life.

AP