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How Lamine Diack’s 16-year reign in charge of IAAF led to a jail term

Diack’s corruption, covering up Russian doping cases for bribes, was discovered after police raided a Paris hotel The unmasking of Lamine Diack as one of the great sinners in the history of sport began with a police raid on All Saints’ Day in 2015. At …

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Lamine Diack found guilty of corruption and sentenced to two years in prison

Former World Athletics president accepted bribes from RussiaCharged with helping athletes cover up drugs testsThe former president of World Athletics Lamine Diack has been sentenced to two years in prison and fined €500,000 (£455,000) after being found…

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Trial of Lamine Diack put back after presentation of new documents

• Papa Massata says IAAF has no right to put father on trial• Son also faces corruption charges along with four othersThe long-awaited corruption trial of the former IAAF president Lamine Diack has been delayed until June after new documents were prese…

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World Athletics Championships: $4.5m Doha cash plan investigated by judges

Leaked documents involve firm linked to Papa Massata Diack Former IAAF official at centre of French corruption inquiryFrench judges are investigating whether $4.5m was paid by the organisers of the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Qatar to a contr…

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IOC investigates allegations of bribery over Rio’s 2016 Olympic bid

• Former state governor accuses nine members of corruption• Sergei Bubka among those named by Sérgio CabralThe International Olympic Committee has promised to investigate startling new allegations that nine of its members – including pole vault legend …

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New evidence of corruption over Qatar’s bid for 2017 World Championships

• Le Monde has receipts from $3.5m payment to Papa Massata Diack
• Former IAAF president Lamine Diack to return to Paris court on Monday

A company founded by a former senior figure at the IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, reportedly received two payments totalling $3.5m just days before Qatar’s failed bid to host the 2017 World Championships and while it was also bidding for the 2020 Olympics, it has emerged.

Le Monde said it had receipts from 2011 showing that payments went from Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) – an arm of the Qatari government – to Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a company founded by Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing consultant at the IAAF and the son of the now disgraced president Lamine.

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New evidence of corruption over Qatar’s bid for 2017 World Championships

• Le Monde has receipts from $3.5m payment to Papa Massata Diack
• Former IAAF president Lamine Diack to return to Paris court on Monday

A company founded by a former senior figure at the IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, reportedly received two payments totalling $3.5m just days before Qatar’s failed bid to host the 2017 World Championships and while it was also bidding for the 2020 Olympics, it has emerged.

Le Monde said it had receipts from 2011 showing that payments went from Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) – an arm of the Qatari government – to Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a company founded by Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing consultant at the IAAF and the son of the now disgraced president Lamine.

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Questions over Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid are spreading far and wide

Olympic bid corruption claims keep mounting and leave governing body and the authorities fighting to catch up

“Of course, we are not amused.” The International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, invoked Queen Victoria this week when asked about the spiralling crisis surrounding allegations of corruption concerning Tokyo’s successful bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.

There is another saying in Bach’s native Germany – “wash me but don’t get me wet” – that rather seems to sum up the attitude of the Olympic family to a firestorm that began as a localised outbreak at the Monaco headquarters of the world governing body of athletics, has shifted to Japan and now threatens to spread to the IOC’s headquarters on the banks of Lake Geneva.

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Tokyo 2020 bid committee says $2m paid into account linked to Diack son

• Japanese officials insist payments were above-board consultancy fees
• Papa Massata Diack is subject of Interpol wanted notice

The Tokyo 2020 bid committee has admitted making payments of more than $2m to an account linked to the son of the disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack but insisted they were above-board consultancy fees.

The former president of the Tokyo bid committee, Tsunekazu Takeda, and its former director general, Nobumoto Higuchi, broke their silence to admit the payments had been made in two tranches, either side of its victory, but insisted the campaign was “at all times fair and correct”.

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Dick Pound promises IOC will not derail Tokyo 2020 corruption inquiry

• French prosecutors investigating payments from Tokyo 2020 bid
• ‘We would not try to discourage them from where the trail led,’ says Pound

Dick Pound, the veteran IOC member, has said French prosecutors should follow the trail of corruption “wherever it leads” after they confirmed an investigation into alleged seven-figure payments from the successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid to a secret account linked to the son of the disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack.

French prosecutors confirmed they were examining a string of potential offences including aggravated money laundering, corruption and bribery involving more than $2m (£1.4m) in suspicious payments apparently made to a bank account linked to Papa Massata Diack, the marketing consultant whose father was an influential International Olympic Committee member for 14 years.

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French financial prosecutors confirm investigation into Tokyo 2020 bid

• Officials to look into payments made to Black Tidings account
• Tokyo’s Olympic organising committee deny wrongdoing

French financial prosecutors have confirmed that they are investigating allegations of “corruption and money laundering” involving more than $2m in suspicious payments apparently made by the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bid to a secret bank account linked to the son of disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack.

The Guardian revealed on Wednesday that payments totalling at least $1.5m had apparently been made to the Black Tidings company that was at the centre of other allegations of extortion and bribery linked to the International Association of Athletics Federations. Now, French prosecutors have confirmed that they are investigating payments totalling 2.8m Singapore dollars that were made under the title “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Game bid” either side of Tokyo’s successful bid to host the Games in September 2013.

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Papa Massata Diack: Tokyo bid claims the latest in an avalanche of allegations | Owen Gibson

The son of the disgraced former IAAF president had for 15 years been a familiar presence whenever the self–appointed captains of the global sports industry gathered – now he hunkers down in his native Dakar, Senegal, with an Interpol red notice hanging over his head

PMD. Those three initials, standing for Papa Massata Diack, threaten to become as emblematic in the slow-motion collapse of global sport as JSB – the moniker by which Sepp Blatter was known within the walls of Fifa House. But in many ways the 50-year-old son of the disgraced former IAAF president Lamine Diack, the latter now under arrest in Paris and accused of accepting more than €1m in return for covering up positive drug tests, is the polar opposite of Blatter.

Related: Tokyo Olympics: €1.3m payment to secret account raises questions over 2020 Games

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Tokyo Olympics: €1.3m payment to secret account raises questions over 2020 Games

• Alleged payment believed to be under scrutiny by French police
• Pressure on IOC to investigate links between Diack regime and Olympic bids

A seven-figure payment from the successful Tokyo Olympic bid team to a notorious account linked to the son of the disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack was apparently made during the race to host the 2020 Games, the Guardian has learned.

The alleged payment of around €1.3m (£1.03m), now believed to be under scrutiny by French police, will increase pressure on the International Olympic Committee to investigate properly links between Diack’s regime and the bidding race for its flagship event. It could also raise serious questions over Tokyo’s winning bid, awarded in 2013.

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Papa Massata Diack interrogated by police in Senegal for seven hours

• Diack attended police headquarters in Dakar on Wednesday
• French authorities still want to speak with banned former IAAF consultant

Papa Massata Diack, the son of the former IAAF president Lamine Diack, has been interrogated for more than seven hours by police in his native Senegal.

Diack, a former IAAF marketing consultant, is wanted for questioning by prosecutors in France in connection with the corruption scandal surrounding track and field’s world governing body. He was banned for life from the sport last month in a bribery and extortion case involving Russian doping.

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Sebastian Coe must put money where his mouth is to justify Pound support

Questions may always linger about level of knowledge IAAF president had of widespread corruption in his sport, but the time has come to rebuild from the wreckage

When Sebastian Coe, sporting a beard and a long leather coat that would not look out of place in Game of Thrones, boarded his flight on Thursday he did not have the air of a man off to face a firing squad.

Clutching a brown envelope, filled with briefing notes rather than the folding kind to which the French lead financial prosecutor made such lurid reference later, Lord Coe had already read Dick Pound’s second report and was ready to strike a more contrite tone as he sought to pull his sport and his IAAF presidency from an ever accelerating death spiral.

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It is clear ex-IAAF chief Lamine Diack and sons grasped any opportunity

Reports lay out scale of corruption of Gabriel Dollé, among others, including sprees for luxury watches and huge sums of money stashed in safes

When Papa Massata Diack requested almost $5m from Qatar at a time when it was bidding to host an Olympic Games and a world athletics championships, as the Guardian revealed in December 2014 , an intriguing cover note was attached to his email. It was a letter from the IAAF that gave Diack, the son of the longstanding president Lamine, the right to act as a global marketing consultant and unilaterally tour the world agreeing sponsorship, TV and marketing deals in “emerging markets”.

Reading the extraordinary details in Michael Beloff’s independent ethics commission report and the second part of Dick Pound’s independent commission report, published on Thursday, it is becoming increasingly clear Diack and his two sons, plus his legal counsel Habib Cissé, were running an audacious shadow operation that grasped opportunity where ever it came.

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Bidding process for 2020 Tokyo Olympics dragged into IAAF scandal

• Wada investigation reveals money may have influenced Lamine Diack’s vote
• Diack switched support from Istanbul to Tokyo after sponsorship payment

The bidding process for the 2020 Olympics has been dragged into the IAAF scandal after Dick Pound’s Wada investigation revealed that $5m of sponsorship money may have been a factor in swaying Lamine Diack’s vote.

Pound’s independent commission examined transcripts that showed Diack dropped his support for Istanbul and switched to Tokyo after the Japanese city agreed to pay the sponsorship cash.

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Inside the IAAF: who knew what and when

Senior figures inside the IAAF, such as Lamine Diack, have been implicated in the Russian blood-doping scandal which dates back at least to 2009IAAF president 1999-2015 Continue reading…

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Wada report said to make claims over extent of Sebastian Coe’s knowledge

• Details of investigation into Russian doping leaked to Associated Press
• Report says Lamine Diack wanted to cut deal with President Putin

The second part of the Wada report into doping in Russia and attempted cover-ups at the IAAF will conclude that there was no way members of the world athletics governing body’s council, which included the current president Sebastian Coe, could have been unaware of the extent of doping and non-enforcement of the rules in track and field, according to the Associated Press.

AP says details of the 89-page investigation, to be released by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Thursday, were provided to the news agency early by a person who had reviewed it. The person did not want to be identified because the report had not been publicly released.

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No cover-up, pledges Coe, as new report on athletics doping threatens more pain

IAAF president says he understands gravity of the issue as senior figures say crisis engulfing sport is worse than Fifa scandal

Sebastian Coe, the president of world athletics’ embattled governing body, will be under further pressure on Thursday as fresh allegations are outlined of widespread corruption at the heart of the sport.

The crisis facing world athletics has grown over the past two years to the level where many consider it to be worse than the turmoil enveloping Fifa that led to the downfall of Sepp Blatter, mass arrests by the US Department of Justice and a generation of executives being implicated in a $200m-plus bribery scandal.

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