Lamine Diack: Former IAAF boss to mount hearing in France on crime charges

Lamine Diack

Lamine Diack was trainer of a IAAF for 16 years until 2015

Lamine Diack, a ex-boss of athletics’ universe ruling physique a IAAF, is to mount hearing in France on crime and money-laundering charges.

The 86-year-old, whose son Papa Massata Diack has also been charged though fled to their local Senegal, has been underneath residence detain given Nov 2015.

Diack comparison has been investigated over allegations he took payments for deferring sanctions opposite Russian drugs cheats.

They both repudiate all a charges.

Former French prolonged burst champion Diack was in assign of a IAAF for 16 years and primarily praised by Lord Coe when a British double Olympic champion transposed him as IAAF trainer in Aug 2015.

But within 3 months of Coe’s election, sum emerged of Diack’s purported impasse in a swindling to bury certain drug tests by Russian athletes in lapse for money.

Four others face charge – Russian entertainment arch and IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev, Russia’s ex-national center stretch manager Alexei Melnikov, Diack’s former help Habib Cisse and a IAAF’s ex-anti-doping trainer Gabriel Dolle.

The French authorities have also been questioning allegations that Diack perceived bribes for his votes in several behest contests for high-profile sports events. The former International Olympic Committee member is claimed to have tranquil a votes of several African colleagues.

It is purported that Diack, a former mayor of Senegal’s collateral Dakar, used these payments to account domestic campaigns in his homeland, as good as a intemperate lifestyle in Monaco, where a IAAF is based.

The West African nation has deserted several requests to extradite his son.

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Athletics faces predicament – IAAF trainer Lamine Diack, vocalization to BBC Sport’s Dan Roan in Feb 2015