Paris - Former
world sprint champion Frankie Fredericks was charged on Friday with
passive corruption and money laundering relating to a graft probe into
the awarding of last year's Olympics to Rio, a judicial source said.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Fredericks, who denies
any "involvement in untoward conduct", is being investigated by French
authorities over a $299 300 payment he received from
Papa Massata Diack, son of ex-International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack, on October 2, 2009 - the day
Rio won the bid.
Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver-medallist, had appeared before a Paris judge on Thursday.
French investigators are looking into the possibility that bribes
were paid over the awarding of both the 2016 Olympics to Rio and the
2020 Tokyo Games.
The IOC, which is cooperating with the Paris investigation, said its
ethics compliance officer would look into the court ruling.
"And she will report to the Ethic commission which is meeting on
Monday," said the statement, adding: "Like with any procedure the right
to be heard has to be respected."
The investigation centres to a large extent around the activities of
Papa Massata Diack, who along with Lamine Diack also faces charges in
France over millions of dollars paid to cover up doping failures by
Fredericks insists that the payments, first revealed by France's Le
Monde newspaper in March, were received for promotional services
provided between 2007 and 2011 under a contract signed on March 11,
2007, and had nothing to do with the Olympics.
Following the corruption allegations, the 50-year-old Namibian
stepped down as head of the IOC committee evaluating bids to host the
The IAAF provisionally suspended Fredericks from its ruling council
on July 17 as it launched a probe into the graft allegations against
In March, Fredericks had also stepped down from an IAAF task force
working on getting doping-tainted Russia back into global sport.
Fredericks released a statement at the time, saying: "I categorically
deny any direct or indirect involvement in any untoward conduct and
confirm that I have never breached any law, regulation or rule of ethics
in respect of any IOC election process."