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Russia’s ex-athletics chief denies collusion with IAAF in doping cover-up

November 25, 2016, 14:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The German TV Channel ARD reported earlier that six Russian athletes were suspected of bribing IAAF officials for not disclosing their positive doping samples
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 Former President of the All-Russian Athletics Federation Valentin Balakhnichev

Former President of the All-Russian Athletics Federation Valentin Balakhnichev

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MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Former President of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) Valentin Balakhnichev has denied any tie-up with officials of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in concealing positive doping samples.

The German TV Channel ARD reported on Friday with reference to the probe materials of the Paris Prosecutor’s Office that six Russian athletes Valery Borchin, Olga Kaniskina, Vladimir Kanaikin, Lilia Shobukhova, Sergei Kirdyapkin and Yulia Zaripova were suspected of bribing IAAF officials for not disclosing their positive doping samples. ARD also cited the text of Balakhnichev’s email letter, in which the ARAF ex-chief allegedly informed the IAAF about the accords reached on the cases of six Russian athletes.

"I’m not familiar with the letter, in which I could admit collusion with the IAAF," Balakhnichev told TASS.

The IAAF suspended on November 13, 2015 the ARAF’s membership in the world athletics governing body in the wake of ARD’s footage, in which spouses Yulia and Vitaly Stepanov claimed that Russian athletes had been systematically using banned substances on instruction of their coaches.

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