Ex-President Of IAAF President, Diack,
Convicted Of Corruption, Imprisoned
Lamine Diack, former head of the athletics governing body, has been jailed after being convicted of corruption.
Diack was convicted of taking bribes from athletes suspected of doping to cover up test results and allow them to continue competing, including at the 2012 London Olympics.
He was sentenced to four years in prison, two of them suspended.
Diack’s attorneys said he would appeal against the sentence, which they called “unfair and inhumane.”
Diack, who also received a maximum fine of 500,000 euros (£ 456,928), was investigated by French authorities for four years on allegations that he accepted payments of more than 3 million euros to cover up a trap.
The judge said that his actions had “undermined the values of athletics and the fight against doping.”
Diack has been under house arrest in Paris since November 2015.
Previously one of the most influential figures in world sport, Diack was president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, now World Athletics, for 16 years until he was replaced by Britain’s Lord Coe in August 2015.
Diack’s son Papa Massata Diack, who was banned for life from athletics in 2016, was sentenced to five years in prison and fined 1 million euros (£ 913,850).
Before yesterday’s sentencing, Papa Massata Diack had addressed a press conference in Dakar, Senegal, where he claimed that he and his father were victims of an “Anglo-Saxon conspiracy.”
He criticized the French authorities before the verdict in his corruption trial.
“Submitting myself to French justice is putting myself at the disposal of my enemies,” added Papa Massata, who remains under an international arrest warrant issued on February 13.