Cas upholds life bans for Papa Massata Diack and Valentin Balakhnichev

first_imgReuse this content Share on Twitter Share on Messenger “The panel concluded that on the evidence adduced, the charges established against Messrs Balakhnichev, Melnikov and Diack were established beyond reasonable doubt and the sanctions imposed should be upheld.”It said it would give a full reasoned decision at a later date.The bans followed the previous year’s World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission report that found a state-sponsored culture of doping in Russia and prompted the country’s suspension from the sport.The sanctions related primarily to the case of the Russian former London marathon winner Liliya Shobukhova, who paid $600,000 to have positive dope tests covered up.Russia remains banned from athletics although its athletes can apply to compete as neutrals if they meet stringent criteria set by the IAAF. Nineteen Russian athletes competed as neutrals at this month’s world championships in London. Since you’re here… Read more Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Drugs in sport Topicscenter_img Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Russia doping scandal Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian news Sport’s highest tribunal has upheld life bans on two top Russian athletics officials and the son of the former world governing body president Lamine Diack for covering up an elite Russian athlete’s positive dope test and blackmailing her over it.Valentin Balakhnichev, the former head of the Russian athletics federation, and Alexei Melnikov, the country’s former head distance coach, were banned by the IAAF ethics commission in January last year.Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing consultant to the International Association of Athletics Federations, was also banned. All three denied any wrongdoing and subsequently appealed to the court of arbitration for sport.“The IAAF ethics commission decision is confirmed and Valentin Balakhnichev, Alexei Melnikov and Papa Massata Diack remain banned for life from any involvement in the sport of athletics,” said Cas in announcing its verdict on Monday. Athleticslast_img

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