Qatar warns of le­gal ac­tion over World Cham­pi­onship claims

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

DOHA: The Qatar Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion said yes­ter­day it was con­sid­er­ing le­gal ac­tion fol­low­ing news­pa­per claims it paid nearly $3.5 mil­lion to a com­pany headed by the son of dis­graced for­mer IAAF pres­i­dent Lamine Di­ack. In a state­ment, the QAF added it had “no knowl­edge or in­volve­ment” of the money al­legedly paid out by Oryx Qatar Sport In­vest­ments to Papa Mas­sata Di­ack’s Pamodzi Sports Con­sult­ing com­pany.

The al­le­ga­tions were made ear­lier this month in French news­pa­per Le Monde. “With re­gards to Le Monde’s ar­ti­cle re­gard­ing wire trans­fers from Oryx Qatar Sport In­vest­ments to Pamodzi Sports Con­sult­ing, the QAF can con­firm that they have no re­la­tion­ship with Oryx Qatar Sport In­vest­ments and no knowl­edge or in­volve­ment of the wire trans­fers to the named party or in­di­vid­ual,” said the fed­er­a­tion in Sun­day’s state­ment.

“The QAF up­holds the high­est stan­dards of ethics and we fol­lowed the IAAF’s rules at ev­ery stage of our 2017 and 2019 bids to host the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Ath­let­ics.

“We are very dis­ap­pointed to be named in these al­le­ga­tions. “In re­sponse, le­gal ac­tion is be­ing con­sid­ered and will be taken if such false al­le­ga­tions con­tinue to be made against the QAF.” It had been al­leged by Le Monde that two money trans­fers were made on Oc­to­ber 13 and Novem­ber 7, 2011. The pay­ments which to­talled around 2.5 mil­lion euros at the time-came just a few weeks af­ter Qatar had an­nounced it would bid to host the 2017 World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

Le Monde said it had seen re­ceipts show­ing the pay­ments had been made. The 2017 cham­pi­onships were even­tu­ally awarded to Lon­don. Last month the IAAF said it would not in­ves­ti­gate bribery claims against Qatar af­ter find­ing no more than“rum ours ”“sur­round­ing bid­ding for the 2017 world cham­pi­onships. Papa Mas­sata Di­ack was banned for life from ath­let­ics ear­lier this year. Lamine Di­ack, who headed the IAAF from 1999 to 2015, has been charged by French po­lice on sus­pi­cion he ac­cepted bribes to cover up dop­ing cases in Rus­sia. Qatar though was later suc­cess­ful in bid­ding for the 2019 cham­pi­onships. The World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Doha will be held in the Khal­ifa In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium, which will also be used as a venue dur­ing the 2022 foot­ball World Cup. FIFA’s con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion to award Qatar foot­ball’s biggest tour­na­ment is the sub­ject of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Swiss At­tor­ney Gen­eral, who is ex­am­in­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in the 2022 bid­ding process.

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