Diack son, three more charged with ethics violations

Fri Nov 6, 2015 3:43pm EST
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - The son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack and three other sports officials have been charged with concealing Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova's doping violations, the IAAF Ethics Commission chairman said on Friday.

Papa Massata Diack, a former consultant to the sport's governing body, was charged with various alleged breaches of the IAAF's Code of Ethics, Michael Beloff said in a statement.

The others charged were Valentin Balakhnichev, former president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation and a former IAAF treasurer, Alexei Melnikov, ex-Russian coach for long-distance walkers and runners, and Gabriel Dolle, former director of the IAAF’s Anti-Doping Department.

Hearings to consider their cases will take place in London next month, Beloff added.

The charges came after French authorities this week placed Lamine Diack under formal investigation on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.

The 82-year-old Senegalese is alleged to have received over one million euros ($1.09 million) in bribes in 2011 to cover up positive doping tests by Russian athletes, the office of France's financial prosecutor said.

Dolle and Diack senior's legal adviser Habib Cisse have also been questioned by authorities as part of the probe.