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IAAF response to CAS ruling concerning appeals by three former officials

The IAAF welcomes the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) ruling to dismiss the appeals of Valentin Balakhnichev, Alexei Melnikov and Papa Massata Diack against the IAAF Ethics Board’s decision of 7 January 2016 that they should each be banned for life from any further involvement in any way in the sport of track and field.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “I’d like to thank CAS for their hard work and diligence in assessing and upholding the IAAF Ethics Board’s decision. Today’s ruling sends a clear message that anyone who attempts to corrupt our sport will be brought to justice.”

Read the CAS ruling here.