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Former World Athletics Chief Lamine Diack Dies At 88

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The former head of global athletics, Lamine Diack has passed away.
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The former head of global athletics, Lamine Diack has passed away.

Diack, one of the most powerful figures in world sport for nearly two decades

He was convicted last year of running a clique that covered up Russian doping in exchange for €3.2m (£2.7m) worth of bribes and was also named in a Brazilian court of being paid $2 million (£1.5m) in exchange for up to nine votes that helped Rio win the right to stage the 2016 Olympic Games.

The news of Diack’s passing was confirmed by his son, Papa Massata, who said that “He died at home around 2am of a natural death.”

Diack held the French/West African long jump record, helped to coach the Senegal national football team, and became mayor of Dakar, then a senior politician in his home country.

Diack, who led the International Association of Athletics Federations from 1999 to 2015, was also an influential International Olympic Committee member.

In September 2020 Diack was sentenced to four years in prison for bribery and corruption, with two years suspended.

In announcing her ruling, Judge Rose-Marie Hunault, said:

“Diack had undermined the values of athletics and the fight against doping with his actions. You violated the rules of the game.” she added.

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