Diack taking part in a ceremony at the 2015 IAAF World Championships. / AFP / Johannes EISELE
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The International Association of Athletics Federations was again forced to defend its actions over Russian doping Monday after a leaked email showed how officials planned a damage-limitation strategy before the 2013 Moscow world championships.Though the extent of Russian doping is now out in the open, the IAAF were seemingly fighting to keep a lid on it two years ago.The email, which was sent in July 2013, a month before the Moscow world championships, also suggested that CSM, the sports marketing firm chaired by IAAF President Sebastian Coe [then a vice-president] could be used as part of an "unofficial PR campaign" to fend off negative stories in the British media.It also said the IAAF could benefit from Coe's political influence in Britain to minimize the damage any revelations might cause.
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