Three IAAF officers banned for all times over medication scandal – Daley Thompson: ‘It’s the suitable resolution’


Three senior IAAF officers have been banned for all times for blackmailing athletes and overlaying up constructive medication checks.

Papa Massata Diack, the son of the then-IAAF president Lamine Diack, former Russian athletic federation [ARAF] president and IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev, and senior ARAF coach Alexei Melnikov 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 half within the doping scandal which has rocked world athletics.

CLICK ABOVE to listen to two-time Olympic champion Daley Thompson’s response to the information

The findings by the IAAF’s ethics fee lay naked the corruption involving the senior figures in athletics, with the trio discovered to have blackmailed Russian runner Liliya Shobukhova, London marathon winner in 2010, and made her pay a bribe for a constructive medication check to be coated up.

Lamine Diack, who was succeeded as president by Lord Coe in August, is himself underneath investigation by French police on suspicion of taking multiple million euros [£746,000] to cowl up constructive checks.

The IAAF stated it was “angered” that its former officers had blackmailed Shobukhova and that they have been now not concerned with the organisation.

An announcement stated: “The IAAF is angered to see that people have within the panel’s discovering ‘conspired to extort what have been in substance bribes from the athlete by acts of blackmail’.

“The IAAF has already launched corrective measures to verify this type of interference cannot occur once more.

“These four individuals who have been found guilty and sanctioned are no longer associated with the IAAF in any capacity.”

Coe added: “The life bans announced today could not send a stronger message that those who attempt to corrupt or subvert the sport of athletics will be brought to justice.”

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