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IAAF extends provisional suspension of three in ethics probe

The ethics board of world athletics governing body IAAF on Wednesday extended the suspensions of three staff members being investigated as part of an alleged cover-up of Russian doping cases.

Nick Davies, Jane Boulter-Davies and Pierre-Yves Garnier were provisionally suspended for 180 days by the board in June, pending an investigation of potential ethics breaches. That has now been extended to January 31, 2017, rather than allowed to expire.

The ethics board originally said the suspension stems from an email reportedly sent on July 29, 2013, to then IAAF President Lamine Diack from his son, Papa Massata Diack, who was a marketing consultant of the IAAF at the time.

Davies stepped down as bureau chief of current IAAF president Sebastian Coe in December 2015 but was suspended along with his wife, Boulter-Davies, who was in the IAAF anti-doping department. Garnier is the IAAF medical manager.

“Each of the three individuals continue to enjoy the presumption of innocence and the extension of the orders for provisional suspension should not be interpreted as any departure from the principle that each individual is to be considered innocent until the conclusion of the disciplinary investigative process,” the ethics board said in a statement. GNA

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