Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
On Tuesday, the Ethics Board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) outlined the extraordinary sequence of events involving cash payments made by the IAAF President and his son to staff members. The revelations raised serious questions about use of cash to cover official business at the IAAF, and also revealed that senior IAAF staff knew that Russia was prepared to cut corners in order that doped athletes could take the starting line at the Moscow 2013 World Championships.
Daily Mail journalists contact IAAF Communications Director, Nick Davies, with allegations that Russia was running a state-sponsored doping programme. Gabriel Dollé, former Director of the IAAF Medical and Anti-Doping Department, tells Davies that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is investigating the Moscow laboratory.
Nick Davies meets with Papa Massata Diack ‘sometime around the 16-18 July’, and is offered €30,000 in cash in two envelopes containing €25,000 and €5,000. Davies claims he understood the €25,000 was to ‘improve the media mood’ ahead of the 2013 Moscow IAAF World Championships, and the €5,000 to be a bonus in recognition of good work.
Papa Massata Diack, son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack, sends an email to his father outlining payments to be made to ‘N Davies (UK press lobbying, 30 K and to calm down Jane Boulter); G Dollé (50 K) and PY Garnier (assistance Champagnolle 10K; managed by Cheikh who has agreed to speak to them so as to bring me up to date on Monday 29 July)’.
Nick Davies tells Jane Boulter-Davies he did not want to mention that he had received money from Papa Massata Diack. Boulter-Davies decides to ‘support what my husband had said’.
Huw Roberts resigns from the IAAF having tendered his resignation in March, after the outstanding Russian ABP cases were not resolved by the end of 2013.
Dr. Pierre-Yves Garnier, IAAF Medical Manager and Thomas Capdevielle, IAAF Anti-Doping Manager send an email containing resignation letters to former IAAF President Lamine Diack. The letter alleges ‘a history of prevarication, failures to make decisions and passivity on the part of the IAAF and commitments not met, fictitious schedules and even lies on the part of “our Russian partners” for nearly two years’.
Nick Davies temporarily steps aside as Director of the IAAF President’s office pending an IAAF Ethics Board investigation into the 19 July 2013 email he sent to Papa Massata Diack.
French Newspaper Le Monde publishes an article containing details of the 29 July 2013 email sent by Papa Massta Diack to Lamine Diack, detailing the cash payments to be made to IAAF staff.
Dr. Garnier sends attestation to certain IAAF staff members stating that he has received €10,000 from Lamine Diack via Cheikh Thiaré to defray expenses which would be incurred in organising for Lamine Diack a commemorative event in the Jura region of France.
WADA publishes its second Independent Commission Report.
WADA amends its second Independent Commission Report.
Nick Davies’s Solicitor provides the IAAF Ethics Board with a formal statement signed by Jane Boulter-Davies denying that any cash payment was received from Papa Massata Diack.
IAAF Ethics Board Legal Secretary, Tom Montford, writes to Nick Davies requesting his bank statements.
Nick Davies sends the IAAF Ethics Board’s Legal Secretary copies of all bank accounts belonging to himself and Jane Boulter-Davies.
Nick Davies writes to Sir Anthony Hooper, the IAAF Ethics Board’s appointed investigator, admitting that he had received money from Papa Massata Diack and admitting misleading the IAAF Ethics Board.
IAAF provisionally suspends Nick Davies, his wife Jane Boulter-Davies and Dr. Pierre-Yves Garnier pending an investigation into the 29 July 2013 email sent by Papa Massata Diack to his father, IAAF President Lamine Diack.
Nick Davies admits that his false statement constitutes a breach of the IAAF Code of Ethics.
Dr. Garnier’s backdated suspension expires.
Jane Boulter-Davies’s backdated suspension expires.
IAAF Ethics Board issues its decision, banning Nick Davies from working at the IAAF for life, but allowing Jane Boulter-Davies and Pierre-Yves Garnier to return to work.
Jane Boulter-Davies and Pierre-Yves Garnier return to work.
In this timeline, we track the chain of events and track how IAAF staff deliberately misled the police and IAAF Ethics Board about the true nature of the cash payments made by IAAF President Lamine Diack and his son, Papa Massata Diack. The major points have been highlighted to make the timeline easier to navigate. To read the full Ethics Board decision, click here.