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Ex-Russian athletics' anti-doping chief Nikita Kamayev dies of 'heart attack'

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By Euronews
Ex-Russian athletics' anti-doping chief Nikita Kamayev dies of 'heart attack'

<p>The former executive director of Russia’s anti-doping agency <a href="http://www.rusada.ru/en"><span class="caps">RUSADA</span></a> has died two months after resigning his post over a cheating and corruption scandal.</p> <p>The agency said Nikita Kamayev, who was 52, is thought to have suffered a heart attack.</p> <p>Another ex-senior executive Ramil Khabriev, who also stood down, said Kamayev had complained of feeling unwell after going skiing.</p> <p>“He complained of heartache after a skiing session. He has never complained about heart problems, at least to me. Maybe his wife knew about such problems,” Russian news agency <span class="caps">TASS</span> quoted Khabriev as saying.</p> <p>Kamayev is the second former senior <span class="caps">RUSADA</span> official to die this month. Founding chairman Vyacheslav Sinev, who ran the agency from 2008 to 2010, died on February 3.</p> <p>Russia was <a href="http://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/iaaf-araf-suspended">provisionally suspended from international athletics</a> by the International Association of Athletics (<span class="caps">IAAF</span>) Federations in November after <a href="https://www.wada-ama.org/en/resources/world-anti-doping-program/independent-commission-report-1">a report by a commission from the World Anti-Doping Agency</a> (<span class="caps">WADA</span>) accused <span class="caps">RUSADA</span> of covering up cases of drug taking by leading Russian athletes.</p> <p>The Russian agency had already been stopped from carrying out drugs tests.</p> <p>Kamayev vehemently defended the organisation, saying it had been fighting drugs use effectively.</p> <p>But the following month he and Khabriev resigned as Russia began working on lifting the ban ahead of this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.</p>