Fred­er­icks’ tem­po­rary ban up­held by IAAF tri­bunal

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(Reuters) - An ath­let­ics dis­ci­plinary tri­bunal up­held on Thurs­day a ban on for­mer Namib­ian sprinter and IAAF Coun­cil mem­ber Frankie Fred­er­icks pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into po­ten­tial ethics vi­o­la­tions.

Fred­er­icks, a mul­ti­ple Olympic sprint sil­ver medal­ist and a ris­ing star among in­ter­na­tional sports ad­min­is­tra­tors un­til this year, was tem­po­rar­ily banned in July.

He is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Ath­let­ics In­tegrity Unit (AIU) over pay­ments he re­ceived from Papa Mas­sata Di­ack, the son of for­mer IAAF pres­i­dent Lamine Di­ack, on the day Rio de Janeiro won the vote to host the 2016 Olympics.

Fred­er­icks has re­peat­edly de­nied any wrong­do­ing. He ad­mit­ted hav­ing re­ceived money from Mas­sata Di­ack, but said it was pay­ment for le­git­i­mate work he had done.

“Mr Fred­er­icks ap­pealed against the or­der for pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion and his appeal was heard by an en­larged panel of the Dis­ci­plinary Tri­bunal,” the AIU said in a state­ment.

“Hav­ing heard from both par­ties, the en­larged panel agreed with the AIU’s sub­mis­sions and it de­clined to lift the or­der for pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion.”

Ear­lier this year Freder- icks, an In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber, stepped down as head of the team eval­u­at­ing bids to host the 2024 Olympics.

He also re­moved him­self from the IAAF (In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions) task force in­ves­ti­gat­ing dop­ing al­le­ga­tions in Rus­sia, after the cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in­volv­ing him­self sur­faced.

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