Maybe we should stop being surprised about anything that comes out of the IAAF/Russian doping scandal but a German website has an article recapping the latest evidence allegedly found by Paris prosecutors in regards to the IAAF allegedly blackmailing the Russians to pay bribes in order to keep doping positives quite. This allowed athletes to compete at the 2012 Olympics and for the Worlds to be in Russia in 2013.
The amount of money being alleged is quit large. If we're interpreting the docs correctly, they solicited â‚¬2.2 million to coverup 4 positives from racewalkers, â‚¬450,000 to cover up marathon star Liliya Shobukhova and â‚¬550,000 to coverup Olympic steeplechase champ Yulia Zaripova.
Then after 2013, the IAAF reversed course and decided to bring some doping positives against the Russians. The Russians weren't happy. Here's what they wrote the IAAF in response warning them that they have evidence that would bring the IAAF down:
"Naming it as a DEAL, we are too much diplomatic. It was cynical and cruel blackmail. Emphatically mentioning the threat of withdrawing the WCH 2013 and negative political consequences for the Russian sports in general, you forced us to enter into long relationships for covering these ADR.
As a result, several Russian athletes were allowed to compete at the Olympic Games 2012 and won medals while ail ABP data had been already prepared by that moment and they should not have been permitted to compete at 0G 2012 under no circumstances. Furthermore, you went on with this TOTAL PROTECTION PROJECT in 2013.
As we understand, after 3-year conspiracy game, you decided to play "fair" and in accordance with IAAF Rules. It is your choice but we are confident that it is not a wise step. The game which was begun far outside the law does not have any single chance to return inside the legal boundaries without numerous losses. Human losses, reputational losses and financial losses. This will ruin not only the ARAF. The reputation of the IAAF, its President and key antidoping responsible officers will get a huge black spot. Their careers will be easily destroyed.
We will not remain silent. It was not us who started this game. It was the IAAF project and the IAAF shall be the key victim of future scandal.
We have enough evidence to prove criminal activities of the IAAF people. We kept ail correspondence (sms, e-mail) between ARAF and "IAAF Ambassadors" acting on behalf of the IAAF President. We are ready to disclose the number of visits of "IAAF Ambassadors" in the territory of the Russian Federation and to give explanation concerning the purpose of these visits. We are ready to disclose the total amount of "means" which you received in the period of 2Ol 1-2013. We have numerous witnesses who may confirm these frustrating facts."
The Russian email to the IAAF then goes on to allege British positives that were covered up, "Finally, during our numerous and long meetings "the IAAF Ambassadors" showed us the list of athletes with ABP violations which included not only Russian athletes. Surprisingly, we found there some prominent British athletes including Olympic champion and icon of the GB sports. Our question is why did not the IAAF to require from GB Athletics to sanction these athletes. Be sure that this question will be asked in our explanations and the names of the athletes who were under ABP investigation will also be disclosed. We will demand fair and transparent public procedure in regard of ail athletes with the alleged ABP violations."