Ethics Board ex­tends three IAAF of­fi­cials’ sus­pen­sion

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LON­DON: Three se­nior ath­let­ics of­fi­cials have had their pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion from the sport ex­tended by the IAAF’s Ethics Board as it con­tin­ues its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into their al­leged in­volve­ment in a sus­pected cover-up of Rus­sian dop­ing cases. Nick Davies, who was chief-of-staff to In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions pres­i­dent Seb Coe, was ini­tially sus­pended along with his wife Jane Boul­ter-Davies and IAAF med­i­cal man­ager Pierre-Yves Garnier in June. Yes­ter­day the Ethics Board is­sued a state­ment say­ing the sus­pen­sions had been ex­tended un­til Jan. 31 2017 “to al­low for the con­clu­sion of the dis­ci­plinary in­ves­tiga­tive process, in­clud­ing any hear­ing en­su­ing from the in­ves­ti­ga­tions.” Davies stood down from his role last De­cem­ber pend­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a “po­ten­tial breach of the IAAF’s code of ethics”.

The Ethics Board state­ment yes­ter­day added: “Each of the three in­di­vid­u­als con­tinue to en­joy the pre­sump­tion of in­no­cence and the ex­ten­sion of the or­ders for pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion should not be in­ter­preted as any de­par­ture from the prin­ci­ple that each in­di­vid­ual is to be con­sid­ered in­no­cent un­til the con­clu­sion of the dis­ci­plinary in­ves­tiga­tive process.” The in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­late to an email re­port­edly sent by for­mer IAAF con­sul­tant Papa Mas­sata Di­ack to his fa­ther, the then-IAAF pres­i­dent Lamine Di­ack, in July 2013 that al­legedly showed the three sus­pended IAAF of­fi­cials were in re­ceipt of, or had knowl­edge of, a cash pay­ment to with­hold de­tails of at­tempted cover-ups of Rus­sian dop­ing cases.

Other emails leaked ear­lier this year showed Davies had dis­cussed with Papa Di­ack de­vel­op­ing a me­dia strat­egy to limit the news im­pact of a series of pos­i­tive tests by Rus­sian ath­letes ahead of the 2013 Moscow world ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships.

Davies said that the mail was merely “brain­storm­ing for a me­dia strat­egy” and that he had done noth­ing wrong. Last month he told the Daily Mail: “I was conned and never for a sec­ond was I told, or thought, this money was to en­sure cover-ups of dop­ing in Rus­sia. That would have been ab­hor­rent to me.

“I thought I could trust Lamine Di­ack and it was my job to pro­mote and pro­tect the im­age of the IAAF and the World Cham­pi­onships. I was never mixed up or aware of the crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties which are now in the pub­lic domain.”

French au­thor­i­ties are in­ves­ti­gat­ing Lamine Di­ack and Papa Di­ack on charges of cor­rup­tion and money laun­der­ing. Papa Di­ack has de­nied any in­volve­ment in bribery or cor­rup­tion and says his fa­ther Lamine is also in­no­cent. At the time of the ini­tial sus­pen­sions in June, the Ethics Board said that Davies, a for­mer IAAF gen­eral sec­re­tary and head of com­mu­ni­ca­tions, re­ceived an undis­closed cash pay­ment in 2013 from Papa Mas­sata Di­ack, “the cir­cum­stances and con­ceal­ment of which call into ques­tion whether the pay­ment was in­tended to have and/or in fact pro­duced any ma­nip­u­la­tive ef­fect.”

Boul­ter-Davies al­legedly re­ceived, or knew about, a pay­ment to Davies. Garnier al­legedly re­ceived an undis­closed cash pay­ment at the di­rec­tion of Lamine Di­ack and “re­tained some part of the sum even when aware of its ap­par­ent im­pro­pri­ety”.

IAAF pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe with Nick Davies (right).

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