CAS Uphold Ban On Three Top Officials

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The Court of Arbitration has upheld the life bans of Three athletics officials over a doping scandal and cover-up.

The son of former IAAF president, Papa Massata Diack and two Russians Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov’s appeals were dismissed by the court.

The trio was charged in 2015 after it was discovered that they were involved in series of breaches anti-doping cases relating to Liliya Shobukhova of Russia.

The CAS has not published the records of the sanctions

During the ruling the CAS ruled that: “The panel made its conclusion based on the evidence that was gotten, the charges were made without reasonable doubt and that’s why the sanctions will be upheld.

“The full details of the ruling will be published very soon.”
The IAAF stated that they respect the ruling and the president Lord Coe released a statement backing the ruling by the CAS. He said, “This ruling is a clear message to anyone who would try to corrupt this sport that they would face the law.”

Reports Indict Three Top Official

In the 170 page report that was released earlier the IAAF ethics panel showed that Diack, Balakhnichev and Melnikov all worked in line to “blackmail” Luliya Shobukhova and helped her conceal her doping violations by asking to her pay them bribes that amount to £435,000.

Diack and Balakhnichev, who are both the former president of the Russian athletics federation and the treasurer of the IAAF, were both fined £17,000 while the Russian coach Melnikov was issued a fine of £10,000.