Tuesday, 16 July 2019 | 05:39 WIB

Former IAAF President Lamine Diack to be Tried in France for Corruption

Former IAAF President Lamine Diack to be Tried in France for Corruption (cbc)

PARIS, NETRALNEWS.COM - Former President of the World Athletics Organization (IAAF) Lamine Diack, and his son Papa Massata Diack, are set to be tried in France on charges of corruption and money laundering.

Sources said that Diack, who led the IAAF between 1999-2015 but his leadership ended in chaos, had to face accusations that he and his son had blocked sanctions for doping use with Russia, and in return earned some money.

Papa Massata Diack, who has never been questioned by French officials, is one of five other suspects who will also face trial on the same charges.

France's investigation of Diack began in 2015 when Sebastian Coe took over the chair of the IAAF president from the 86-year-old Senegalese man.

The French prosecutor handled the case because they suspected the money laundering to have occured in France.

The background of the investigation is the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found the existence of state-sponsored systematic doping practices in Russia.

Prosecutors alleged that Lamine Diack received funding for a political campaign in Senegal in return for closing the eyes of the IAAF anti-doping officials to Russian athletes who were proven to be using doping.