Diack resigns as honorary member of IOC

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Former IAAF president Lamine Diack has resigned from his position as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), amid allegations of corruption.

The 82-year-old is under investigation by French prosecutors, who suspect him of receiving money to defer charges against Russian doping cheats.

Diack was provisionally suspended by the IOC on Tuesday, and subsequently tendered his resignation as president of the International Athletics Foundation (IAF), the charitable arm of the governing body, before stepping away from the IOC.

"We can confirm that Mr Lamine Diack has resigned from his position as an honorary member of the IOC," the governing body confirmed when contacted by Omnisport.

It was reported by the Sunday Times that Diack was paid EUR1million and the IAAF's former head of anti-doping Dr Gabriel Dolle EUR200,000 to cover up failed doping tests from Russian athletes.

Athletics has been engulfed in controversy, with an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency calling for the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) to be suspended by the IAAF on Monday.

The commission, which was led by former WADA chief Dick Pound, also raised concern within the IAAF.

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