IAAF's Nick Davies banned after cash payment cover-up

IAAF's Nick Davies banned after cash payment cover-up

Lord Coe was "made aware" of corruption allegations in athletics four months before they became public.

"The goal of this note is of course to advise you that I have now been made aware of the allegations", Coe added.

However, in an email to Michael Beloff QC, head of the IAAF ethics board, over a year earlier in August 2014, Coe had written: "I have in the last couple of days received copied documentation of serious allegations being made by and on behalf of the Russian female athlete Shobukhova from David Bedford".

Russian Federation remains suspended by the IAAF after it was kicked out in November 2015 over allegations of "state-sponsored doping" in a move that saw athletes banned from global competition and the track and field team barred from last year's Rio Olympic Games.

MPs had wanted Coe to re-appear before the committee following evidence from former athlete David Bedford that appeared to contradict that of the IAAF president.

Andrei Baranov, the agent of Russian marathon runner Shobukhova, claimed she had been blackmailed by Russian and IAAF officials including Papa Massata Diack, the then IAAF president Lamine Diack's son, to the tune of €450,000 over a failed dope test.

Coe had told a Department of Culture, Media and Sport committee that he only knew of claims after a German documentary was broadcast in December 2014. This is even though I accept that in August 2014 David Bedford emailed me documents containing allegations along those lines.

But in an August 2014 email to the IAAF ethics commission published on Tuesday by the parliament culture, media and sport committee, Coe, a two-time Olympic 1,500m champion, stated: "I have now been made aware of the allegations".

Coe insists he never read the specific contents of an explosive email sent to him by Bedford.

Chair of that committee Damian Collins MP said emails have come to light that show "Lord Coe had information that was relevant to the committee's inquiry into doping in sport that we would have liked him to have shared at that time".

The removal of Davies comes as Lord Coe is accused of withholding information from MPs when he was being grilled on the extent of doping within Russian athletics.

Davies, who he has agreed to pay the sums back to the IAAF, expressed "deep remorse" for his actions, was expelled with immediate effect and ordered to pay €5,000 costs, but will be allowed to work again within the sport of athletics.

Sebastian Coe still does not consider there is a need for him to appear before MPs investigating doping in athletics, despite the emergence on Tuesday of emails which appear to contradict his claim to them that he did not know about an extortion racket in the organisation he now leads.

In a letter to the chairman of the parliamentary committee, also published Tuesday, Coe said there was "no discrepancy" in his accounts and that there are "no grounds for suggesting that I misled the committee in any way in December 2015".



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