Hearing dates set for Diack, Russians in extortion case

November 04, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin (right), and former IAAF President Lamine Diack.



The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has set dates for three track officials to challenge life bans in a Russian doping and bribery scandal.

CAS says Papa Massata Diack, who is the son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack, former IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev, and Russian coach Alexei Melnikov will have their appeals heard from November 14-17. Verdicts are expected within several weeks.

An IAAF ethics panel banned the three for life in January over allegations of extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Russian marathon runner to avoid a doping ban before the 2012 Olympics.

Papa Massata Diack, who is from Senegal, is unlikely to attend in Switzerland.

Interpol issued a global notice for his arrest in connection with a French corruption investigation that also implicates his father.

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