Fred­er­icks, un­der probe, steps aside

New Straits Times - - Sport -

(RM1.3 mil­lion) he re­ceived from a now-banned ath­let­ics of­fi­cial around the time Rio de Janeiro was awarded the right to host the 2016 Olympics.

Speak­ing in Kampala, Uganda, where the cross-coun­try world cham­pi­onships took place yes­ter­day, Coe said Fred­er­icks had not trav­eled to Uganda, and would stay away from other IAAF events while he's in­ves­ti­gated.

“I have spo­ken to him (Fred­er­icks) reg­u­larly since this is­sue came out and he de­cided to step away from all this as he needs time to sort all this,” Coe said.

“He also in­di­cated that he will not at­tend the Coun­cil meet­ing in Lon­don.”

Fred­er­icks, a for­mer sprinter from Namibia, de­nied any wrong­do­ing after the 2009 pay­ment was re­vealed by French news­pa­per Le Monde this month.

Le Monde al­leged the pay­ment came from a Brazil­ian busi­ness­man and was chan­neled through a sports mar­ket­ing com­pany cre­ated by Papa Mas­sata Di­ack, the son of for­mer IAAF pres­i­dent Lamine Di­ack.

Papa Mas­sata Di­ack, a for­mer IAAF mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant, has been banned for life by the IAAF and is be­ing sought for ques­tion­ing by French author­i­ties.

His fa­ther is fac­ing cor­rup­tion

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