From Inside the Games

Habib Cissé, the former legal advisor to Lamine Diack and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has been banned for life for alleged corruption offences.

Cissé, who is among the officials who are set to stand trial in France for alleged corruption and money laundering, has also been fined $25,000 (£20,200/€22,600) by the IAAF Ethics Board.

In a statement, the Ethics Board said Cissé had been found guilty of ethics breaches in relation to the “management of positive analytic results for prohibited substances in samples provided for the purposes of anti-doping controls by Liliya Shobukhova and other Russian athletes”.

The Ethics Board added it had decided not to release the full reasoning behind the decision owing to the ongoing criminal investigation in France, which centres on former IAAF officials including Lamine Diack.

Cissé is the latest official to be handed a lifetime ban from the sport in connection to payments totalling approximately £435,000 ($538,000/€486,000) made by Russia’s Shobukhova, the 2010 London Marathon winner and a three-time Chicago Marathon champion, in order to cover up doping violations.

Papa Massata Diack, the consultant and son of disgraced former IAAF President Lamine, former IAAF treasurer and ex-All-Russia Athletic Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev and long-distance running and race-walking coach Alexei Melnikov were banned for life in 2016.

Former IAAF anti-doping director Gabriel Dollé was suspended for five years.

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