Bans for senior IAAF trio over alleged doping cover ups

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack is under investigation by French police while his son Papa Massata Diack has been handed a life ban by the association for conspiring to cover up a positive drugs test by a Russian athlete
Martyn Ziegler
THREE senior IAAF officials have been banned for life for blackmailing athletes and covering up positive drugs tests. Papa Massata Diack, the son of the then IAAF president Lamine Diack, Valentin Balakhnichev, former Russian athletic federation (ARAF) president and IAAF treasurer Alexei Melnikov, a senior ARAF coach, have all been handed lifetime bans. Gabriel Dolle, who was the IAAF’s anti-doping director, has been given a five-year ban for his part in the doping scandal which has rocked world athletics. The findings by the IAAF’s ethics commission lay bare the corruption[...]

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