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Life bans for three former IAAF officials, Russian coach
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) slapped three of its officials and a Russian coach with life bans as they conspired to extort what were in substance bribes from the athlete by acts of blackmail. IAAF's former marketing consultant and son of its former president Lamine Diack, Papa Massata Diack, former All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) president Valentin Balakhnichev, former ARAF chief coach for long distance walkers and runners, Alexei Melnikov, and former IAAF's Anti-Doping Department director Gabriel Dolle have been banned for life for various breaches of the IAAF Code of Ethics. Papa Diack, Balakhnichev and Melnikov were charged with multiple breaches of anti-doping rules relating to Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova.This investigation commenced in April 2014 upon referral of a complaint to the Ethics Board by a member of the IAAF staff, according to an IAAF statement. These four individuals who have been found guilty and sanctioned are no longer associated with the IAAF in any capacity. The IAAF is angered to see that individuals have in the panel’s finding 'conspired to extort what were in substance bribes from the athlete by acts of blackmail.