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IAAF may be dropped from World Championship branding

Organisers of the 2017 World Championships in London are in talks with athletics' world governing body about dropping 'IAAF' from the event's branding.

The doping scandal which has rocked the sport has led to the IAAF being regarded by the public as a "toxic" brand, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

Organisers of the 2017 World Championships in London. Credit: PA

The IAAF and its president Lord Coe would have to give consent to the move however, as the original branding was agreed when London won the bid for the 2017 championships in 2011.

It is understood 2017 organisers are hopeful of gaining the agreement of the IAAF because even the world governing body's leaders are aware of the reputational damage caused by the scandal involving Coe's predecessor Lamine Diack, who has been arrested by French police on suspicion of taking money from Russian athletes to cover up doping offences.

Jessica Ennis-Hill leads World Championships heptathlon

Jessica Ennis-Hill leads the heptathlon after two events. Credit: Reuters

Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson towered over their World Championship rivals after the opening two events of the heptathlon in Beijing.

Ennis-Hill, in her first major championship since London 2012 and 13 months after the birth of her son Reggie, clocked 12.91 seconds over the 100 metres hurdles.

She equalled her season's best of 1.86m in the high jump to lead the way on 2192 points.

Johnson-Thompson lay in second place, 30 points behind her team mate.

The 22-year-old ran a personal best of 13.37secs in the 100 metres hurdles, and was the only athlete to clear 1.89m in the high jump.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson ran a personal best time in the 100m hurdles. Credit: Reuters

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Dick Pound to head up doping investigation

Dick Pound will head up the investigation. Credit: Reuters

Dick Pound, the hard-hitting former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), is to head an independent commission investigating allegations of systematic doping and cover-ups in Russia.

Pound will chair the three-man commission and will be joined by fellow Canadian Professor Richard McLaren, a longstanding member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

It follows a programme broadcast by German TV station ARD on doping in Russia, which also alleged the IAAF world athletics body had failed to follow up on more than suspicious blood tests from more than 150 athletes including three from Britain.

A third member of the independent commission will be announced by WADA at a later stage.

Three senior IAAF officials resign following allegations

The son of Lamine Diack, pictured, has stepped down at the IAAF. Credit: PA

Three senior IAAF officials, including the son of president Lamine Diack, have stepped down from their posts with athletics' world governing body, sources have told Press Association Sport.

Massata Papa Diack, who works for the IAAF as a marketing consultant, and IAAF legal adviser Habib Cisse have joined Valentin Balakhnichev, the president of the Russian athletics federation and the IAAF's treasurer, in agreeing to step down.

It comes days after German television station ARD broadcast three documentaries alleging that the IAAF officials were implicated in covering up the doping in Russia.

The move comes after the IAAF's executive board met on Wednesday - the governing body's ethics committee is investigation the allegations.

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