The former head of world athletics’ governing body, Lamine Diack, has been convicted in France on Wednesday 16th September 2020 for corruption in a Russian doping scandal and has been sentenced to spend at least 2 years in jail.
The 87-year-old was found guilty of taking bribes from athletes in return for orchestrating the cover-up of test results that enabled them to continue competing, including in the 2012 London Olympics.
Diack was also found guilty of accepting Russian money to help finance Macky Sall’s 2012 presidential campaign in Senegal, his home country, in exchange for slowing anti-doping procedures, the court ruled.
The court had heard how Diack solicited bribes totalling €3.45 million from athletes suspected of drugs cheating and paid off other officials at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to aid with the cover-up.
The court handed Diack a four-year prison sentence, two years of which are suspended, and imposed the maximum fine of €500,000.
Diack’s lawyers called the judgment against him unfair and inhumane, and said they would appeal. Diack was once one of the most influential men in the sport, leading the IAAF, now known as World Athletics, from 1999 to 2015.
by Leroy Hawkson|TalksAfrica.com