ARD: Six Russian athletes suspected of bribery for concealing doping tests
Six Russian athletes are suspected of bribing International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for concealing positive doping tests.
Among them is Russian runner Liliya Shobukhova, walker athletes Valery Borchin, Olga Kaniskina, Vladimir Kanaykin and Sergey Kirdyapkin, as well as obstacle course athlete Yulia Zaripova. As reported by German TV channel ARD, it is assumed that all they have been blackmailed by IAAF officials.
According to the TV channel, the Russians had paid from 300 to 700 thousand euro for concealment of information on the results of doping tests. The TV channel has conducted an investigation jointly with the French agency Le Monde. They have come across the materials of the Paris Prosecutor's Office, indicating the amount of bribes.
Let us recall that in November 2015, an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency accused Russia of numerous anti-doping rules violations. Consequently, the IAAF suspended the All-Russian Athletics Federation. Recently, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has sent a letter to IOC members, in which he has spoken about the next steps in the Russian doping scandal investigation.
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