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Lamine Diack: Disgraced athletics boss dies in Senegal

By BBC Africa
Athletics Senegal's former World Athletics president Lamine Diack during his corruption trial in France in 2020
DEC 4, 2021 LISTEN
Senegal's former World Athletics president Lamine Diack during his corruption trial in France in 2020

The disgraced former head of world athletics governing body Lamine Diack has died at home in Senegal, aged 88.

Diack, who was convicted of corruption last year, was president of World Athletics (formerly the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF) from 1999 to 2015.

In September 2020, he was found guilty of corruption and money laundering, linked to the Russian doping scandal.

A French court sentenced him to four years in prison, two of them suspended.

He was never jailed and allowed to return to Senegal, where he remained under house arrest and was later released on bail.

"He died at home of a natural death," his son, Papa Massata Diack, said.

His funeral is due to be held later on Friday.
Diack's lawyers had previously said he was in poor health and would die if sent to prison.

Despite his conviction he still enjoyed support in Senegal with Cheikh Seck, the owner of Senegalese football club Jaraaf, paying a 500,000 euro ($565,000 or £425,000 bond earlier this year that allowed Diack to return home.

"He was a good man, a great leader. We wanted him to come back home. It took us one month (to gather the 500,000 euros)," Seck, a businessman and former Senegal international goalkeeper, said after Diack's death.

"It was really important, we never imagined he could finish his life somewhere else."

In the past Seck described Diack as: "A worthy son of the nation, an all-round remarkable citizen."

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