The great work of German journalist Hajo Seppelt and ARD has paid off once again. A source had been telling us all fall that something big was going to break soon and here it is.
Truly amazing stuff that might only get bigger when we find out how far up the chain the bribes went. It's alleged that the Valentin Balakhnichev - the IAAF Treasurer who is the head of the Russian federation as well - was aware of $600,000 bribes paid by Liliya Shobukhova to not test positive.
Russians and doping is not new news. New implications are just an ongoing consequence of a corrupt Russian federation. Its been a long accepted Russian practice due to the money involved that gets spread around the appropriate involved staff and officials. There should be no surprises here.
The German investigation could have meaning if somehow you could get the athletes to really open up to follow the the trail of the drug suppliers. Busting a few athletes and corrupt officials may make headlines but does nothing to get down to core root of the problem. A opportunity exists to get names of the source and potentially all involved at all levels.