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Senegal: death of Lamine Diack, former boss of world athletics

Controversial legacy. Former world athletics boss Lamine Diack died Thursday-Friday night at the age of 88 in Dakar, Senegal, where he returned in May, after being held in France for years for a corruption case, AFP learned from his family. A member of Mr. Diack’s family told AFP his death without specifying the cause, confirming information reported by the local press.

Lamine Diack headed the International Athletics Federation (IAAF, 1999-2015). He returned to Senegal in May, for the first time since his indictment in 2015. He had been detained in France for years because of an alleged corruption case around doping in Russia. The former leader had, in September 2020, been sentenced by French justice to four years in prison, including two firm, and a fine of 500,000 euros for corruption and breach of trust. He had appealed against this conviction and a date for a new trial remained to be determined.

In detail, his conviction on September 16, 2020 in Paris, confirmed that Lamine Drach had hidden doping cases in Russia or delayed sanctions against doped Russian athletes in exchange for funding and to promote sponsorship and dissemination negotiations with Russia.

Another untried case over awarding competitions

His indictment in another case, still not tried, had prevented him from returning to Senegal. He had had his passport confiscated as part of the judicial review imposed by the judges. In this second case, Mr. Diack had been indicted since March 27, 2019, still for corruption, within the framework of the attributions of the Olympics-2016 in Rio and 2020 in Tokyo, but also in the processes of attribution of the Worlds of Beijing athletics in 2015, then the 2017 and 2019 Worlds, for which Qatar was a candidate.

The judge in charge of the investigations had, before his return to Senegal in May, lifted his ban on leaving French territory against the payment of a deposit of 500,000 euros corresponding to the fine incurred, and on condition that he continues to respond. to judicial summons. A famous Senegalese football club, Jaraaf de Dakar (first division), had sold part of its land assets to pay the deposit. Lamine Diack was twice president of Jaraaf, in the 1970s and 2000s.

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