IAAF orders life bans over doping bribes scandal
The IAAF ethics commission on Thursday banned for life former world body treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev and a son of former president Lamine Diack over bribes taken to cover up doping failures by Russian athletes. The commission also ordered a life ban against former Russian coach Alexei Melnikov and a five year suspension for former world body anti-doping doctor Gabriel Dolle. “Any lesser sanction would not meet the gravity of their offences,” the commission said in announcing the bans. Papa Massata Diack, Balakhnichev and Melnikov also face fines of between USD 15,000-USD 25,000 ((13,800-23,000 euros).