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17.09.2020 Athletics

Lamine Diack: Former IAAF Head Jailed For Corruption

By BBC
Lamine Diack
LISTEN SEP 17, 2020
Lamine Diack

Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ world governing body, has been sentenced to four years in prison, two of them suspended, after being found guilty of corruption.

The Senegalese, 87, faced corruption and money-laundering charges linked to the Russian doping scandal.

Diack was convicted of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and letting them continue competing.

Diack was investigated by French authorities for four years over claims he took payments of more than 3m euros to cover up cheating.

He was also given a maximum fine of 500,000 euros (£456,928).

Diack has been under house arrest in Paris since November 2015.

The judge said his actions had “undermined the values of athletics and the fight against doping”.

Previously one of the most influential figures in world sport, Diack was president of the International Association of Athletics’ Federations – now World Athletics – for 16 years until he was replaced by Britain’s Lord Coe in August 2015.

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