Doping and corruption: four years in prison, including two closed, for Lamine Diack

The former boss of world athletics Lamine Diack was sentenced this Thursday to four years in prison, two of which were closed, in the resounding case of a corruption network dedicated to hiding Russian doping.

President of the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) from 1999 to 2015, Lamine Diack, his son Papa Massata and four other protagonists awaited their judgments this Thursday in Paris.

To punish a “huge breach of probity which caused worldwide damage”, and even if it is “at the end of his life”, the financial prosecutors had requested four years in prison and a maximum fine of 500,000 euros against the 87-year-old Senegalese, a figure in international sport, during his trial in June for active and passive corruption, breach of trust and money laundering in an organized gang.


He was on trial with his son for having made it possible to delay, from the end of 2011, disciplinary proceedings against Russian athletes suspected of blood doping, some of whom had been crowned at the London 2012 Olympics (Kirdyapkin 50 km walk , Zaripova 3,000 m steeplechase) before being dropped for doping. Behind this indulgence, an incredible deal, revealed by Lamine Diack himself during the investigation: the renewal of sponsorship and broadcasting contracts of the IAAF with the Russian state bank VTB and the public television RTR, as well as funds to finance the opposition to outgoing Abdoulaye Wade during the 2012 presidential election in Senegal. The case generated the scandal of the institutional doping system in Russia, which could cost the country of Vladimir Putin its place at the Olympics-2020 next summer.

Lamine Diack is also being sued for helping his son to capture several million euros in negotiations with sponsors. Key actor, remained in Dakar and tried in his absence, Papa Massata Diack is targeted by the heaviest requisitions: five years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euros.


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