Former World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound has vowed to leave no stone unturned over allegations of systematic doping in Russia as he leads an investigation into a case that has shaken track and field. "We're not there to whitewash anything," Pound said. "We're there to get the facts, reach conclusions and make recommendations." If all these things are true, it's extremely serious for sport, for athletics, for the countries involved Dick Pound Wada announced on Tuesday that Pound would head a three-person independent panel that will investigate the "grave" accusations of widespread doping, cover-ups and corruption in Russia that were broadcast by German television network ARD. "If all these things are true, it's extremely serious for sport, for athletics, for the countries involved," Pound said. Veteran Canadian sports arbitrator Richard McLaren will also serve on the commission, while a third member will be announced later. Wada said the investigation would begin next month. The panel will seek to determine if there have been any violations of the World Anti-Doping Code by athletes, coaches, doctors, trainers and Wada-accredited laboratories that could lead to sanctions against individuals or organisations. Wada said the panel would review the evidence aired by the German broadcaster as well as "other information received separately" by the agency. "Once the investigation is concluded, if it is found that there have been violations or breaches of the rules, Wada will ensure that any individuals or organisations concerned are dealt with in an appropriate fashion under the World Anti-Doping Code," said Wada president Craig Reedie. The appointment of Pound indicates that Wada will investigate fully and without restriction. The outspoken Canadian IOC member took a tough line in his decade as Wada's first chairman from 1999-2008. He previously led the International Olympic Committee's internal probe into the Salt Lake City bid scandal that resulted in the resignation or expulsion of 10 members. "It's far too early for me to know what's going to happen, how fast we can do it, how much travel we may have to do," Pound said. "I think you have to wait and see what 'evidence' you get as opposed to what you may suspect." Pound said he was already familiar with past problems at the Russian doping lab. He chaired the Wada committee that made sure the lab improved its operations to avoid suspension ahead of the Winter Games in Sochi. The appointment of the Wada panel was welcomed by the International Association of Athletics Federations, whose independent ethics commission is also investigating the allegations. "The IAAF takes this opportunity to reiterate its full support of the Wada investigation," IAAF president Lamine Diack said. "Our primary concern must always be to protect the integrity of competition in support of the vast majority of clean athletes, and we look forward to working with Wada to this end."