Wednesday 13 December 2017

Davies steps aside during IAAF ethics investigation

Nick Davies (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Nick Davies (Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)

Seb Coe's right-hand man, Nick Davies, will step aside from his role as the director of the IAAF's president's office while an ethics board investigates allegations of unethical behaviour against him.

French newspaper 'Le Monde' has obtained a copy of an email sent by Davies, the IAAF's former director of communications, in which he appears to seek to delay the identification of Russian drug cheats in the run-up to the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

In the email sent to Papa Massata Diack, son of former president Lamine Diack and who has rejected allegations of extortion and bribery, Davies appears to look to minimise the impact of publicly naming Russian athletes who have failed drug tests.

Davies has denied any wrongdoing and said in a statement: "In order to demonstrate that I am willing to have all allegations of unethical behaviour on my part in 2013 properly and fairly investigated, I have referred my emails to Papa Massata Diack in 2013, my statements and the circumstances of the emails to the IAAF Ethics Board. I have decided to step aside from my role with the IAAF until such time as the Ethics Board is able to review the matter properly and decide if I am responsible for any breach of the IAAF Code of Ethics."

The IAAF ethics commission has concluded a hearing into Diack Junior, IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev, former IAAF anti-doping director Gabriel Dolle and former Russian distance coach Alexei Melnikov.

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