IAAF Ethics Board bans four
A panel of the International Association of Athletics Federations Ethics Board yesterday delivered its decision concerning Papa Massata Diack, former marketing consultant to the IAAF, Valentin Balakhnichev, former president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF), Alexei Melnikov, former chief ARAF coach for long distance walkers and runners, and Gabriel Dolle, former director of the IAAF's Anti-Doping Department, for various breaches of the IAAF Code of Ethics.
The investigation commenced in April 2014 upon referral of a complaint to the Ethics Board by a member of the IAAF staff.
The IAAF said it was angered to see that individuals had in the panel's finding "conspired to extort what were in substance bribes from the athlete by acts of blackmail." This is all the more so because these breaches are related to one doping case which, among others, was identified and pursued by the IAAF Anti-Doping Department.
Ultimately, the Department was able to ensure that the athlete concerned received a lengthy ban, but the four individuals' activities delayed that outcome. The IAAF has already introduced corrective measures to make sure this sort of interference can't happen again.
The four individuals, who were found guilty and sanctioned are no longer associated with the IAAF in any capacity.