Disgraced world athletics chief Lamine Diack dies aged 88

Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics’ governing body who was convicted of corruption last year, died at home in Senegal on Friday at the age of 88.

Diack led the then International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) a partire dal 1999 per 2015, during which he was later found guilty of running a clique that covered up Russian doping in return for millions of dollars in bribes.

A French court sentenced him to four years in prison, two of which were suspended, nel 2020, but he was never jailed. He remained under house arrest and was later released on bail. A maggio, Diack returned home to Senegal after a local football club paid a bond to allow him to leave.

“He died at home around 2am of a natural death,” his son, Papa Massata Diack, told Reuters.

Diack Sr’s lawyers had previously said he was in poor health and would die if sent to jail.

Papa Massata Diack, who worked as an IAAF marketing consultant, was also convicted and was sentenced to five years in jail in his absence while in Senegal. The judge said $15m was funnelled to the younger Diack’s companies from various contracts negotiated by the IAAF while his father was in charge. Papa Massata Diack denied all the allegations made against him.

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