$1.5M Bribery Scandal: Diack May Bag 10-Year Jail Term

Charged with “giving and receiving bribes”, “breach of trust” and “organised money laundering”, Lamine Diack, the Senegalese who was in charge of the International Association of Athletics Federations (now World Athletics), between 1999 and 2015, is expected to appear in court in Paris today to face a potential 10-year prison sentence for collecting bribes to falsify Russia’s doping test results.

Diack, now 87, supported Macky Sall’s campaign for the 2012 Senegal presidential election — which he won — with $1.5 million of Russian funds in exchange for the IAAF’s anti-doping arm, where he had attempted covering up or delaying offences by 23 Russians.

The aim, prosecutors will say, was to allow the Russians to compete in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2013 World Athletics.

Following a four-year investigation by the French Financial Prosecutor’s Office, Diack’s trial was originally scheduled to start in January 13, and the charges carry a heavy fine and maximum sentence of 10 years in jail.