IAAF charges son of former president Diack

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Ethics Commission has revealed charges have been brought against four people, including a son of former president Lamine Diack, over alleged breaches of its Code of Ethics.

Information relating to the charges was released by the Ethics Commission on Friday following an amendment to its Code of Ethics, which had previously prevented the commission from disclosing its activities until disciplinary proceedings for breaches of the code had been completed.

Following an investigation into allegations regarding Russian athlete Liliya Shobukhova’s concealment of doping violations, the Ethics Commission has brought charges against Diack junior – who previously acted as a consultant to the IAAF – as well as three others.

Valentin Balakhnichev, former president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF), Alexei Melnikov, former chief ARAF coach for long-distance walkers and runners, and Gabriel Dolle, former director of the IAAF’s anti-doping department, have also been charged “for various alleged breaches of the Code of Ethics”.

In addition, a statement from the Ethics Commission’s chairman, Michael Beloff QC, confirmed a fifth person is the subject of ongoing investigations.

Diack, Balakhnichev, Melnikov and Dolle now face a private hearing in London, which will take place from December 16-18.

The IAAF’s headquarters were raided by police earlier this week as part of an investigation over anti-doping rules and regulations.

Lamine Diack, who served as president of the IAAF since 1999 before being succeeded by Sebastian Coe earlier this year, is suspected by French prosecutors of receiving money to defer charges against Russian doping cheats.

The scandal has rocked athletics and Coe confirmed on Friday that the IAAF’s annual awards ceremony in Monaco has been cancelled.

Coe said: “Given the cloud that hangs over our association this is clearly not the time for the global athletics family to be gathering in celebration of our sport.

“We will rightly still honour the outstanding achievements of the sport”s athletes. Therefore the Athlete of the Year and other annual honours will still be awarded and will be promoted and announced on the internet and social media.

“The IAAF will seek a suitable occasion in the future for the presentation of these awards to be made to the winners.”