Lamine Diack, controversial former head of world athletics, lifeless at 88

Lamine Diack, the controversial former president of world athletics, has died, his household stated Friday. He was 88.

“Yes, I confirm. My uncle Lamine Diack passed away Thursday to Friday night,” Awa Diack, niece of the previous world athletics boss, confirmed to The Associated Press.

Diack was president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now World Athletics, from 1999 to 2015 after holding a number of political positions in Senegal.

Diack was sentenced to 4 years in jail for masking up the cost of bribes by Russian athletes concerned in doping cases and the financing by Russia of political campaigns in Senegal.

In May, Diack returned residence to Senegal from France, where he had been beneath home arrest, after a neighborhood soccer membership paid a bond of simply over $600,000 US to permit him to go away.

Diack was convicted in Paris in September 2020 on a number of expenses of corruption throughout his tenure, a few of it associated to the Russian doping scandal.

Found responsible of bribing athletes

His conviction in France final yr marked a spectacular fall from grace for a man who was head of the IAAF for almost twenty years and was an influential determine on the planet of Olympic sports activities.

Diack was discovered responsible of being a part of a scheme that squeezed $3.8 million US in bribes out of Russian athletes suspected of doping. The hush cash allowed the athletes, who ought to have been suspended, to maintain competing. Diack was additionally discovered responsible on breach of belief expenses however acquitted of cash laundering.

His son, Papa Massata Diack, who labored as an IAAF advertising and marketing guide, was additionally convicted and was sentenced to 5 years in jail in his absence. The decide stated $15 million was funnelled to the youthful Diack’s firms from numerous contracts negotiated by the IAAF while his father was in cost.

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