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Anti-doping official resigns from IAAF amid Russian probe

Published:Friday | December 12, 2014 | 6:11 PM

The Guardian newspaper is reporting that Dr Gabriel Dollé, the most senior anti-doping official in athletics, has resigned after being interviewed by the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) ethics commission.

The IAAF is conducting investigation into allegations of institutionalised doping in Russia.

Dollé, the director of the medical and anti-doping department at the IAAF, was responsible to oversee all doping-related aspects of IAAF events, athletes and associated matters.

The Frenchman was also responsible for working closely with the World Anti-Doping Agency and other national anti-doping agencies.

Dollé’s departure is the latest blow to the IAAF, which has been rocked by a series of allegations over the past week.

Two other members of the IAAF stepped down yesterday pending the outcome of the doping scandal in Russia.

Papa Massata Diack, the IAAF marketing adviser and Valentin Balakhnichev, the president of the Russian athletics federation and the IAAF’s treasurer left their posts.

Papa Massata Diack is the son of the IAAF president, Lamine Diack.

The Guardian says it has seen the document that formed the basis of a story in the French newspaper L’Equipe this week about the Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova.

The athlete alleged that two members of the Russian Athletics Federation extorted 450,000 British pounds from her in return for covering up a positive test.

German broadcaster ARD claimed it had evidence of a 300,000-British pound refund to Shobukhova from the Russian Federation after she had been banned for failing a test.

The Guardian revealed on Wednesday that emails suggested Papa Massata Diack requested a $5m payment – $440,000 of it in cash – from Qatar in October 2011, during the race to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

It is not clear whether the payment was made.

Lamine Diack, who is 81, is due to stand down as president next year after 16 years in the post.

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