Greg Rutherford will guide son away from scandal-hit athletics

Greg Rutherford
Rutherford won gold at the London 2012 and also the 2014 European Championships in Zurich

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has followed Darren Campbell and will not let his son participate in the scandal-hit sport.

Rutherford, whose son Milo was born in October, has criticised world athletics for failing to deal with widespread doping allegations.

He said: "I agree with Darren that it's the situation the sport is in. I'll try to guide Milo in different paths.

"You might as well throw the sport to the dogs," he added.

Darren Campbell said in January that he would not encourage his three children to follow him into athletics as doping claims have made him lose faith in the sport.

Rutherford, who won gold at London 2012, said: "If the sport gets sorted, I'd be more than happy, but as things stand I wouldn't expect to see Milo on the long jump run-up any time soon."

His comments come after International Association of Athletics Federations president Lamine Diack told the BBC earlier this week that he was "shocked" by claims that IAAF officials were implicated in covering up doping in Russia.

In December, a German TV documentary claimed Russian officials systematically accepted payment from athletes to supply banned substances and cover up tests.

The IAAF ethics commission is investigating the claims, but Russian authorities have dismissed the allegations as a "pack of lies".

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Athletics faces crisis - IAAF boss Lamine Diack, speaking to BBC Sport's Dan Roan in February 2015

The Russian allegations follow a spate of positive tests in Jamaica and Kenya in recent years.

The Olympic and world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu has criticised Diack for saying the sport faces a "crisis" over doping allegations, while world 800m bronze medallist Jenny Meadows says she fears the Russian doping allegations could "kill" the sport if proven by the ongoing IAAF investigation.

Rutherford, who will take part in the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday, agrees with his fellow British athletes and believes the job of IAAF president should be to "stamp out corruption and drugs".

He added: "That rests with the people at the top who need to make the changes.

"If you're not going to stamp it out it's just going to get ridiculous. The worry is, in certain places, it's already ridiculous."

Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix - Saturday
Coverage: 13:00-16:30 GMT, BBC One, BBC Sport website (UK only). Further coverage on BBC Radio 5 live

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