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Russia Threatens Action Over Doping Charges

The president of the Russian Athletics Federation says it may take legal action after a German TV report alleged systematic doping among Russian athletes.

Valentin Balakhnichev said the federation believed "the documentary was a provocation aimed at discrediting Russian sport."

He said the federation was considering all its options to fight what he called "slanderous allegations."

At the same time, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency announced on December 5 it had launched its own probe into the allegations.

The hour-long German program aired on December 2 on ZDF/ARD.

The documentary featured an undercover video of what it said were Russian athletes and coaches admitting to covering up positive tests.

The video also alleges corruption and a systematic doping issue among Russian athletes and high-ranking officials.

On December 4, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said they were "grave allegations" made by German TV.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters