This provisional suspension, which is made in the interests of the integrity of the sport, is for a period of 180 days and is effective, and was made public by the Ethics Commission, at 1500hrs GMT on Monday 30 November 2015.
Changes to rules and statutes of IAAF Ethics Commission
The announcement today follows changes to the Procedural Rules and the Statutes of the IAAF Ethics Commission which were approved by IAAF Council during their meeting last Thursday (26) - www.iaafethicscommission.org/code-of-ethics
The main changes are as follows:
- an increase in the number of Commission members and Legal Secretaries – 7 to 9 members and 1 to 2 secretaries;
- investigations are no longer restricted to complaints filed by a member of the IAAF Family - the Commission can now initiate an investigation if reliable information comes to its attention from any other source as well provided it discloses a prima facie case of a serious infringement of the Code;
- the disciplinary process under the Code may be streamlined in appropriate cases, for example, if there is no dispute on the facts;
- the Commission can now issue provisional suspensions much earlier in the process pending the conclusion of an investigation or decision of a Panel of the Commission.
This follows an earlier amendment on 6 November 2015 as follows:
- the confidentiality provisions were relaxed to allow the Commission to cooperate with the IAAF and other organisations and disclose the existence of proceedings and make public comment if it deems it appropriate to do so to discharge the Commission’s functions or protect the integrity and reputation of the sport.