Nikita Kamaev, the former head of Russia’s anti-doping agency, died Sunday, two months after he was forced to resign his post due to the massive doping scandal surrounding the country’s track and field program.
Russian officials said the apparent cause of death was a “massive heart attack,” according to the Associated Press.
“It’s a very unexpected death,” Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said. “The man seemed healthy and everything was fine.”
Kamaev did not appear to have a history of heart trouble.
“He complained of heart ache after a skiing session,” Russian news agency TASS quoted former RUSADA general director Ramil Khabriyev as saying. “He has never complained about heart problems, at least to me. Maybe his wife knew about such problems.”
A second former RUSADA official, founding chairman Vyacheslav Sinev, died earlier this month. RUSADA did not provide details about his death.
Russia has been suspended indefinitely from international track and field competitions after the World Anti Doping Agency accused Russia of covering up positive tests, alerting athletes when supposed surprise tests were coming and other transgressions. Russian athletes could miss the Olympics in Rio this summer.
- Dan Gartland