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Russia anti-doping ex-chief Nikita Kamaev dies

  • 15 February 2016
  • From the section Europe
Russian anti-doping Agency Rusada's executive director Nikita KamaevImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Kamaev had resigned his post only two months earlier

The former head of Russia’s anti-doping agency Rusada has died, the organisation says.

Nikita Kamaev’s death comes two months after he resigned his post following a doping scandal in Russian athletics.

Rusada said the cause of death was “a massive heart attack”.

Russia was suspended from international athletics last November. The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) accused Russian athletics of state-backed doping, corruption and extortion.

“He will remain in our memories as an experienced and understanding leader, distinguished by his high professionalism,” the Rusada statement said, adding that Kamaev was able to create a “friendly atmosphere” in his team.

Image copyright AP
Image caption The reputation of Russian athletics took a big knock following the release of doping reports in November

“He complained of heartache after a skiing session,” Rusada’s former director general Ramil Khabriev was quoted as saying by Russia’s Tass news agency. “He had never complained about heart problems, at least to me. Maybe his wife knew about such problems.”

Media captionRussia doping crisis in 60 seconds

Russia was provisionally suspended from international athletics, including the Olympic Games, in November by the International Association of Athletic Associations (IAAF).

The IAAF took action following the Wada report.

The suspension will remain in place until Russia convinces athletics authorities it has sufficiently changed its practices.

Along with Argentina, Ukraine, Bolivia, Andorra and Israel, Russia was deemed in breach of Wada codes.

Rusada was prohibited from carrying out any Wada-related anti-doping activity.

Mr Kamaev resigned from Rusada in December along with all the organisation’s other top executives as Russia began work on lifting the ban in time for its athletes to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

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