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Lamine Diack Found Guilty of Corruption

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Lamine Diack Found Guilty of Corruption

Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics, has been found guilty on corruption charges by a court in Paris on Wednesday. The 87-year-old from Senegal has been sentenced to four years in jail, two of them suspended, and been fined 500,000 (457,000) the maximum permitted under the French legal system.

Diack was President of the International Association of Athletic s Federation (IAAF) now renamed as World Athletics between 1999 and 2015 and was also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

In 2015 he was arrested in France over allegations that he accepted money in return for deferring sanctions against Russian athletes suspected of drugs cheating. Prosecutors alleged that he had received bribes totally 3.45 million from athletes who had tested positive allowing them to compete in events.

He was also accused of soliciting US $1.5 million in payment from the Russian authorities to help finance the campaign of his preferred candidate in elections for the Senegalese president.

All those charges have now been proven.

n.In addition, he has also been found guilty of being involved in a payment of 190,00 to Gabriel Doll, who was formerly head of anti-doping at the IAAF, and also of breach of trust, and facilitating money laundering.

In 2016 a report from WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency found that Diack had used his influence, whilst at the IAAF, to instal one of his sons as an employee of the organisation, and arrange for another to receive a lucrative consulting contract.

Diack had been held under house arrest in France awaiting trial, which was finally heard in June, although the court has only now reached its verdict.

His defence had appealed for leniency because of his age, but the presiding judge has said that his actions had undermined the fundamental value of the sport of athletics, and the fight against doping.

One of his sons, Papa Massata, has been tried in absentia in the same case. He fled France after the case against his father began and returned to his native Senegal, which has refused to extradite him back to Paris.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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