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Suspend Diack, says IOC ethics body

THE International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission has recommended the provisional suspension of Lamine Diack as an honorary member of the IOC after he was placed under investigation for corruption.

Senegal strongman Diack served as a full International Olympic Committee member from 1999 to 2014, when he became an honorary member.

Diack, the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, was put under formal investigation in France last week on corruption and money laundering charges.

Diack is suspected of taking more than 1 million euros (US$1.1 million) to cover up positive doping tests in Russia.

His son Papa Massata Diack and three others have also been charged with various alleged breaches of the IAAF’s Code of Ethics.

Diack was a powerful figure within the IOC as he controlled one of the most popular Olympic sports for more 15 years with athletics also a big beneficiary, along with swimming, of the IOC’s Olympic Games contributions.

The IOC ethics decision came on the same day a World Anti-Doping Agency panel released its findings into allegations of systematic doping in Russia.

Commission chairman Dick Pound, who is a former WADA president, addressed the media in Geneva, Switzerland, after presenting the findings of his three-man team over allegations made during German broadcaster ARD’s December 2014 documentary on doping in Russia.


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