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IAAF to look into 2014 world indoors for Russian doping

  • FILE - In this Friday, March 7, 2014 file photo athletes run in a Men's 400m heat during the Athletics World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. The IAAF says it may reanalyze Russian doping samples from the 2014 world indoor track championships. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, March 7, 2014 file photo athletes run in a Men's 400m heat during the Athletics World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. The IAAF says it may reanalyze Russian doping samples from the 2014 world indoor track championships. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 file photo a car stands is front of Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, Russia. It was at this laboratory, and its former site elsewhere in Moscow, that Rodchenkov conducted pioneering research into steroids, at the same time as he says he was giving Russian athletes a "cocktail" of banned substances. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)

    FILE In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 file photo a car stands is front of Russia's national drug-testing laboratory in Moscow, Russia. It was at this laboratory, and its former site elsewhere in Moscow, that Rodchenkov conducted pioneering research into steroids, at the same time as he says he was giving Russian athletes a "cocktail" of banned substances. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)  (The Associated Press)

The IAAF says it may reanalyze Russian doping samples from the 2014 world indoor track championships.

Messages between then-Moscow laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov and Sports Ministry official Alexei Velikodny, released on Friday as part of World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report into Russian doping, show eight athletes gave suspicious samples the week before they were to travel to the competition in Sopot, Poland.

All were given "save" orders by Velikodny — the command which meant a suspicious sample should be recorded as clean. Rodchenkov, however, responded that some cases would have to be reported positive.

It is not clear if any of the athletes were eventually suspended.

The IAAF says it will reanalyze "where we have samples from the relevant period."