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Former IAAF Advisor in Custody Over Doping Investigation

Former IAAF President Lamine Diack. Photo: IAAF / Philippe Fitte [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The former legal advisor to disgraced former IAAF President Lamine Diack has been placed in custody as part of the French investigation into corruption linked to state-sponsored doping of Russian athletes, according to sources referred to by Agence France Press.

Habib Cisse, 41, was put under investigation in November 2015 for corruption along with Diack and Gabriel Dolle, former IAAF anti-doping head.

Cisse’s lawyers told AFP the decision was “unbelievable and unjustified.”

Eliane Houlette, head of France’s financial prosecution department, said in January that all three men had admitted covering up positive Russian drug tests. They “admitted that after 2011 the treatment of athlete biological passports for 23 Russian athletes were carried out in an abnormal way — without the Russian athletics federation or the international federation carrying out sanctions or suspensions.”

This story first appeared in the blog, The Sport Intern. The editor is Karl-Heinz Huba of Lorsch, Germany. He can be reached at ISMG@aol.com. The article is reprinted here with permission of Huba.

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