IAAF Ethics Board investigation leads to sanctions of staff members Nick Davies, Jane Boulter-Davies and Pierre-Yves Garnier

Nick Davies, the former deputy general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has been expelled from his position with the world governing body.

This follows an investigation by the IAAF Ethics Board looking into potential breaches of the IAAF’s Code of Ethics by three IAAF employees.

The Ethics Board ruled that Davies, who also held the role of director of communications at the IAAF, had concealed payments totalling €30,000 and misled the investigation, though he was cleared of corruption.

Back in December 2015, Davies announced that he had “decided to step aside” from his role at the world governing body. That came after an email, which was sent from Davies to former IAAF marketing consultant Papa Massata Diack in 2013 and discussed Russian doping cases, was published by French newspaper Le Monde.

Project manager Jane Boulter-Davies, who is Davies’ wife, and IAAF medical manager Pierre-Yves Garnier also received sanctions from the Ethics Board. They, along with Davies, had been provisionally suspended by the IAAF Ethics Board since June 10 last year.

Boulter-Davies was handed a six-month suspension from her duties at the IAAF, backdated to June 10, 2016, while Garnier received a three-month suspension, also backdated to June 10, 2016. Both were also cleared of corruption.

While Davies may not return to his role or any other role at the IAAF, Boulter-Davies and Garnier will be returning to their respective positions of Special Project Manager in the Competitions Department and Medical & Scientific Senior Manager from Wednesday (February 1) having already served their suspensions. Boulter-Davies will be on a six-month probation and full reinstatement will follow if probation conditions are met.

Davies may, however, continue to work in athletics in other roles within other organisations.

The full 61-page IAAF Ethics Board decision can be read here.

In a statement published by the BBC, Davies is quoted as saying: “I deeply regret misleading the board and am very sorry that my role with the IAAF, which has been a massive part of my life for 24 years, has now come to an end.”

Commenting on the Ethics Board’s decision, IAAF CEO Olivier Gers said: “We thank the Ethics Board, in particular Sir Anthony Hooper, for the detailed investigation and would like to acknowledge the Ethics Board’s findings that none of the individuals had any case to answer with regards to corruption and all three were commended on their efforts to ensure cheats in the sport were properly identified and bought to justice.”