23 May 2019
French prosecutors have described a web of corruption once rife in world athletics, including bribes paid to cover up athletes’ positive drugs tests, in an indictment recommending that Lamine Diack, the Senegalese former head of the IAAF, and his son stand trial.
The indictment handed to judges by France’s financial prosecutors’ office on Monday accuses Diack and his son Papa Massata of a host of illicit practices over a number of years, including bribe-taking and money-laundering, with the active involvement of international athletes and their federations.
Lamine Diack, 85, who is under house arrest in France, and Papa Massata Diack, who is in Senegal, have denied wrongdoing. Senegal has refused extradition requests for Papa Massata, a businessman who worked as a marketing consultant for the IAAF.
Under French law, the investigating judge now has three months to decide how to proceed with the indictment.
Prosecutors began their investigation in 2015, shortly after the IAAF’s ethics commission and the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) uncovered evidence a Russian marathon runner paid 600,000 euros to cover up a positive drug test, allowing her to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
By Emmanuel Jarry, Reuters, 21 May 2019
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