Lamin Diack, the former president of the world governing body for track and field, who was convicted of corruption last year for receiving bribes linked to a Russian doping scandal, died at his home in Senegal on Friday. He was 88 years old.
His death was confirmed by his son, Papa Massata Diack.
Mr Diack was one of the most powerful men in the sport for decades as a member of the International Olympic Committee and as head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, commonly known by its initials, the IAAF, which he led in 1999. did from. 2015.
In November 2015, Mr Diack’s legacy became discredited when he was detained in France for allegations that he had taken a bribe of more than $1 million from the Russian Athletics Federation in 2011.
According to French prosecutors, the bribes were paid to cover up positive doping tests of Russian athletes, some of whom participated in the 2012 London Olympics.
Mr Diack’s son, who worked as a sports official for his father, and other IAAF officials were also accused of participating in one of the biggest corruption schemes ever in global sports.
In September 2020, Mr Diack was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to four years in prison, two of which were suspended.