Diack suspended by IOC


Former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been suspended from his role as honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over claims of corruption and doping cover-ups.

On Monday, the IOC's Ethics Commission recommended that Diack be provisionally suspended after he became embroiled in a corruption scandal that has engulfed athletics.

Diack is under investigation by French prosecutors, who suspect the 82-year-old of having received money to defer charges against Russian doping cheats.

The scandal took a new twist on Monday when an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended the IAAF suspend the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF).

"Even if it has not been directly addressed in the report, the IOC has already decided to take the following steps itself," an IOC statement read.

"The IOC's Executive Board decided this afternoon to confirm the proposal of the IOC Ethics Commission to provisionally suspend Mr. Lamine Diack, the former President of IAAF, from his honorary membership of the IOC."

A Sunday Times report claimed that Diack, who has since been replaced as IAAF president by Sebastian Coe, had been paid EUR1million, while also alleging the IAAF's former head of anti-doping Dr Gabriel Dolle was given EUR200,000 to cover up failed doping tests taken by Russian athletes.

Last week police raided the headquarters of the IAAF, whose Ethics Commission announced that charges had been brought against four people including Diack's son Papa Massata Diack and Dr Dolle in relation to allegations of a breach of its Code of Ethics.

The independent commission, headed by former IAAF chief Dick Pound, not only suggested the ban for ARAF, but also raised serious concern within the IAAF.

The report transmitted evidence of "corruption and bribery practices at the highest levels of international athletics" to Interpol for investigation.