The Russian athletics doping scandal took another twist on Wednesday as former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack is being accused of accepting $285,000 in cash to cover up positive drug tests, The Guardian reports.
Diack, 82 and a native of Dakar, Senegal, has been placed under investigation by French prosecutors for corruption and money-laundering charges dating back to 2011. This came after authorities raided the world governing body’s office in Monaco and seized a number of documents.
New IAAF president, Sebastian Coe, was questioned on Tuesday and has been cooperating with prosecutors according to the report. Diack stepped down from his 16-year presidency in August giving way to Coe.
Habib Cisse, who acted as Diack’s legal advisor, and Gabriel Dollé, former director of the IAAF anti-doping department, were also taken into custody for alleged corruption charges but have since been released.
Wednesday’s report comes nearly a year after the German broadcasters ARD/WDR aired a documentary titled Top-secret Doping: How Russia makes its Winners, which alleged there had been systematic doping in Russian athletics. The Russian Athletics Federation (RAF) responded at the time stating the allegations were lies.
The IAAF is not making a further comment at this time.