International Athletics

Ex-IAAF chief Lamine Diack arrested

2015-11-04 12:23
Lamine Diack (File)

Paris- French authorities have charged former IAAF president Lamine Diack with corruption linked to covering up doping cases, a legal source said on Wednesday.

The 82-year-old Senegalese, who gave up as International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) president in August, was charged in Paris on Monday, the source said.

His advisor, Habib Cisse, a lawyer, was also charged. A doctor linked with the federation's anti-doping measures was being questioned in custody, the source said.

Diack was head of world athletics' governing body from 1999 until August this year when Britain's Sebastian Coe.

Diack was not immediately available for comment. He was charged with "passive corruption" and money-laundering and both he and Cisse were released on bail, the source said.

His son, Pape Massata Diack was forced to resign as a marketing executive with the IAAF after being accused of involvement in corruption aimed at covering up doping scandals in Russia.

IAAF treasure and president of the Russian Federation, Valentin Balakhnishev, was also implicated and stripped of his functions by the IAAF.

The French judicial inquiry follows information received from the World Anti-Doping Agency in August and is being conducted by French financial prosecutors.

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