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Russian track and field athletes could be banned from the 2016 Olympics after an independent report detailed an apparently state-sponsored doping program.

Commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and carried out by the organization's former president, Dick Pound, the findings uncovered a "deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels" within Russian athletics.

Asked if it amounted to state-sponsored doping, Pound told reporters a news conference Monday: "In the sense of consenting to it, there's no other conclusion."

The report says more than 1,400 samples were "intentionally and maliciously" destroyed by a Moscow laboratory even after a WADA plea to preserve them.

It even suggests the London 2012 Olympics -- in which Russia won 24 gold medals -- were "in a sense, sabotaged by the admission of athletes who should have not been competing."

The report also criticizes an "inexplicable laissez-fair policy" adopted by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) -- the sport's governing body -- and recommends that five athletes and five coaches, all from Russia, be banned for life.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/09/sport/athletics-doping-wada-coe/

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