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Ex-IAAF Boss Lamine Diack is Dead

by Zablon Ondari
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The former President of the World Athletics’ governing body, Lamine Diack is dead.

The death of the 88-year-old was confirmed by his son, Papa Massata Diack.

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

The Senegalese was head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), now renamed World Athletics from 1999-2013. He also served as an honorary member from 2014 to 2015.

Diack, who was also a powerful figure at the International Olympics Committee, was found guilty of corruption by a French court in 2020 for covering up Russian doping cases in exchange for bribes.

Last year, Diack was sentenced to four years in prison, of which two were suspended and fined 500,000 euros ($560,000).

He was also sentenced to five years in prison and handed a $1.19 million (one million euros) fine for his role in the corruption.

He fled France to Senegal where he remained under house arrest and was later released on bail.

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