Bribes probe: Sprint leg­end is sus­pended

The Times (South Africa) - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Namib­ian sprinter and IAAF Coun­cil mem­ber Frankie Fred­er­icks has been pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended from ath­let­ics pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into a po­ten­tial ethics vi­o­la­tion, the sport’s gov­ern­ing body said yes­ter­day.

Fred­er­icks is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the ath­let­ics in­tegrity unit over pay­ments re­ceived from Papa Mas­sata Di­ack, son of for­mer IAAF pres­i­dent Lamine Di­ack, on the day Rio won a vote to host the 2016 Olympics.

Ear­lier this year Fred­er­icks, an In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber, stepped down as head of the team eval­u­at­ing bids to host the 2024 Olympics and has also re­moved him­self from the IAAF task­force in­ves­ti­gat­ing dop­ing al­le­ga­tions in Rus­sia, af­ter the cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions sur­faced.

IAAF dis­ci­plinary tri­bunal chair­man Michael J Beloff re­jected Fred­er­icks’ of­fer to “use his best judg­ment” on whether to at­tend coun­cil meet­ings.

“His sug­ges­tion that his par­tic­i­pa­tion in IAAF coun­cil busi­ness should be a mat­ter of his own dis­cre­tion on a meet­ing by meet­ing and is­sue by is­sue ba­sis is, in the in­tegrity unit’s view, in­ad­e­quate in the light of the se­ri­ous­ness of the mat­ters, the sub­ject of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing and be­ing seen to en­sure the ut­most stan­dards of pro­bity in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the sport,” he said. The judg­ment re­ported that there was a prima fa­cie case into “the pos­si­bil­ity that Mr Fred­er­icks re­ceived sub­stan­tial sums of money with the aim and/or ef­fect of af­fect­ing his vot­ing in the award of an Olympic host city”. —

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