President of the UAE Athletics Federation Ahmad Al Kamali has failed to overturn his six month’s ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for gifting watches to delegates in an attempt to win votes.
The Athletics Integrity Unit had provisionally suspended Al Kamali from any athletics-related activities October last year, preventing him from standing in election for the vice president’s role at World Athletics.
This was in breach of Article C5 (21) of the World Athletics Code of Ethics, relating to the behavior of candidates for elected positions. This was upheld by the CAS, but it cleared Al Kamali of breaching Article D2 (26) which concerns gifts and other benefits.
The court said that this was because the gifts were “not of more than nominal value”. As a result, its panel “reduced the sanctions proportionally by setting aside the fine”.
Al Kamali admitted giving watches to the delegates but said the retail value of the gifts did not exceed $40 to $50 (£30-£37).