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ATHLETICS: Former IAAF president's son and two Russian officials handed life bans

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2016 | 11:45 AM
In this August 20, 2015 file photo, then President of the International Association of Athletics Federations Lamine Diack speaks during the press conference at the IAAF Congress at the National Convention Center in Beijing.

The son of former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Lamine Diack is one of three senior figures given life bans today from the sport for reportedly covering up an elite Russian athlete's positive dope test.

Former IAAF consultant Papa Massata Diack and Russian officials Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov were last month charged with multiple breaches of anti-doping rules relating to Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova.

Former IAAF anti-doping director Gabriel Dolle was also banned for five years.

Diack and Balakhnichev, a former Russian athletic federation president and IAAF treasurer, face fines of £17,000 while Russian coach Melnikov could be fined £10,000. 

The independent IAAF ethics commission panel's 167-page report claims that Diack, Balakhnichev and Melnikov conspired to blackmail Shobukhova to cover up her doping violations.

It claims Shobokhova paid the three about £435,000. 

Meanwhile, IAAF president Lord Coe said the bans could not send a stronger message.