News 13 November 2015

€87,000 found at former IAAF anti-doping chief’s house

French prosecutors have reportedly found €87,000 in cash at the house of the former Director of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) medical and anti-doping department, Gabriel Dollé. In a story broken by the Associated Press, police reportedly searched Dollé’s house near Nice, France, as part of a formal investigation into Dollé, who was placed on a corruption charge earlier this month.

French prosecutors believe Dollé may have accepted up to €200,000 in bribes. In December last year The Guardian broke the story that Dollé had left his post after being interviewed by the IAAF’s Ethics Commission. At the time Dollé had been linked to allegations made by Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukova that two members of the Russian athletics federation (ARAF) had extorted USD$450,000 ($420,000) from her in return for covering up a positive test.

Last week the Sports Integrity Initiative reported that French police took Dollé into custody alongside former IAAF President Lamine Diack following further bribery allegations. Shortly after the arrests, and following and amendment to the statutes of the IAAF Code of Ethics, it emerged that an investigation into the allegations surrounding Shobukova’s doping cover-up had recommended in August that disciplinary charges be brought against four persons, including Dollé.

According to the Associated Press, Dollé was released from police custody on €100,000 bail. On Monday, INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organization, announced that it was supporting the French investigation into athletics corruption. INTERPOL said it would ‘coordinate’ the probe following a request for assistance by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’ Independent Commission’s report which was released earlier this week.

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