Malaysia’s Karim Ibrahim has failed in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision to remove him from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council.
Ibrahim was removed from the Council last August after an IAAF vetting panel found the Malaysian official "not eligible" to hold office as a member of the ruling body.
There were no details at the time for the reason, however he had been accused in a documentary by German public broadcasters ARD of covering up doping practices in the country.
The documentary aired in March 2016.
It alleged that an independent investigation had provided evidence of Ibrahim’s involvement in cases, but revealed he was never sanctioned in the country.
The Malaysian Athletics Federation reportedly handed Ibrahim a six-year ban in 2012 for allegedly assisting six national athletes to refuse a doping test by the National Sports Institute the previous year.
Ibrahim had also been accused of having involvement in the positive test of an athlete at the Southeat Asian Games in 2011.
He allegedly was involved "arranging and paying" for a Bulgarian coach and doctor, who were found to have administered products to relay runner Yunus Lasaleh, who tested positive for a steroid at the Games.
Ibrahim was also accused of failing to distribute funds to athletes and coaches to assist a training camp held in July 2009.
He denied all allegations and successfully had the suspension overturned by the Malaysian High Court a year later before becoming Malaysian Athletics Federation President in late 2014.
According to the CAS decision, seen by insidethegames, the High Court did not "overturn or otherwise disturb the factual findings and conclusions" which led to his sanction.
The sanction was overturned on the basis that the Malaysian Athletics Federation did not have jurisdiction to impose any sanction on him due to Ibrahim being unaffiliated with them at the time.
The IAAF vetting panel deemed that as a result of the investigation and media reports relating to the controversies there was a "serious likelihood of damage to the reputation of athletics and/or the IAAF".
This led to Ibrahim appealing their decision to CAS.
CAS deemed themselves satisfied that the IAAF followed the relevant rules and evidence when making their decision.
"The appellant failed to satisfy the integrity check and also failed to meet his disclosure obligations," the CAS ruling stated.
"His position before CAS was indefensible.
"He did not claim that he was eligible but was evasive; the legal principles which he sought to invoke were not to the point; and his persistence was without any proper foundation, both as regards to the proper interests of the IAAF and its officials and as a matter of justice and fairness."
Ibrahim had been appointed to the IAAF Council by the Asian Athletics Association in October 2015.
The decision confirms Ibrahim will not return to the IAAF Council.