Q&A: Eugene world championships 2021 – the investigation explained

Why French prosecutors are looking into the IAAF decision, which was made without a vote, and what it means for Sebastian Coe’s position

Why are French prosecutors looking into the awarding of the 2021 world athletics championships to Eugene?

In some ways, it would be a surprise if they weren’t. French prosecutors have already arrested the former IAAF president Lamine Diack, who was succeeded by Sebastian Coe in August, as well as the former IAAF legal adviser Habib Cissé and the former head of the IAAF’s anti-doping unit Gabriel Dollé, who left in mysterious circumstances at the beginning of the year. They have also said that Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine and who was an IAAF marketing consultant but is believed to be in Senegal, will be arrested if he enters France. Their investigation is linked to allegations that payments were made to cover up positive drug tests but is also believed to have expanded to include other aspects of Diack’s 18-year tenure as the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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