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Lamine Diack (born 7 June 1933) is a Senegalese businessman, sports administrator, and former athlete. He was president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 1999 to 2015. He is the subject of numerous investigations into corruption during his tenure as president. He was also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the chairman of the National Water Company "Société Nationale des Eaux" of Senegal (SONES) from 1995 to 2001. He is under house arrest since November 2015, and his trial in France started in June 2019. He is facing up to 10 years in jail.

Lamine Diack
Lamine Diack 2015.jpg
Lamine Diack, 2015
Born (1933-06-07) 7 June 1933 (age 86)
TitlePresident of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
PredecessorPrimo Nebiolo
SuccessorSebastian Coe


Diack was a champion long jumper in the late 1950s, winning the event at the 1958 French Athletics Championships and holding the French/West African record from 1957 to 1960.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)Edit

Diack became president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on 8 November 1999, and was re-elected for his fourth and final four-year term on 16 October 2011.[1] He was also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Investigations into corruptionEdit

The ethics committee of the IOC conducted a year long investigation into claims that Diack had received bribes from the bankrupt sports marketing company International Sport and Leisure (ISL).[2] Diack had received three payments of $30,000 and 30,000 French francs in 1993. Diack had personally received the cash payments from ISL at a time when the company was in negotiations with the IAAF to sign a marketing contract. The IOC described Diack as having "placed himself in a conflict of interest situation".[3]

Diack claimed that he received the money from supporters after his house burned down.[3] Diack was warned for his behaviour, with the fact that he was not a member of IOC at the time of the wrongdoing considered a mitigating factor.[3]

On 1 November 2015, Diack and several other top IAAF officials were arrested in France and are being investigated over allegations he took payments for deferring sanctions against Russian drugs cheats.[4][5]

On 4 November, Diack was charged with "passive corruption" and money laundering by French financial prosecutors. Diack was placed under house arrest in Paris and Gabriel Dollé, the former anti-doping manager at the IAAF, was taken into custody in Nice.[6]

The IOC provisionally suspended Diack on 10 November,[7] and he resigned his position as an IOC Honorary Member on the following day.[8]

In January 2016, Part 2 of the report of the World Anti-Doping Agency's Independent Commission investigation into doping, which includes examination of the criminal side of the inquiry, reported that with his influence,[9] Diack was able to install one of his sons as an employee of the IAAF, contract another son as a consultant and contract a friend as Presidential legal adviser and that he thereby created a group which functioned "as an informal illegitimate governance structure outside the formal IAAF governance structure".[9] The report goes on to say:[9]

"Lamine Diack was responsible for organizing and enabling the conspiracy and corruption that took place in the IAAF. He sanctioned and appears to have had personal knowledge of the fraud and the extortion of athletes carried out by the actions of the informal illegitimate governance structure he put in place."

On 3 March 2017, Le Monde claimed Lamine Diack's son received US$1.5 millions from a Brazilian businessman, Arthur Soares, three days before the election of Rio da Janeiro, Brazil, as organizer of 2016 summer Olympics, occurred on 2 October 2009.

In June 2018, Diack was handed an additional charge of "breach of trust" by French prosecutors, though the development was only made public several months later in September.[10]

May 2019, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi president of the PSG soccer team in Paris is suspected by the judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke to have sent $3.5M to Diack to get the 2017 World Championship of Athletics in Doha.[11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ IAAF Congress Day 1 – Daegu 2011: ELECTION RESULTS, 24 Aug – update! IAAF. 24 August 2011
  2. ^ "IAAF president Lamine Diack laughs off bribery investigation". The Guardian. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Hayatou, Diack escape serious punishment over ISL payments". Reuters. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Lamine Diack: Ex-athletics chief investigated in corruption inquiry". BBC News. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  5. ^ Athlétisme : le Sénégalais Lamine Diack et ses fils soupçonnés d’être au centre d’un réseau de corruption, Jeune Afrique, 2015-11-05.
  6. ^ "Lamine Diack, former IAAF head, under investigation in corruption and doping inquiry". The Guardian. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  7. ^ "IOC provisionally suspends Lamine Diack". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Former IAAF president Lamine Diack resigns as honorary IOC member". The Guardian. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  9. ^ a b c "THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION REPORT #2 (page 10)" (PDF). World Anti-Doping Agency. 14 January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Former IAAF President Diack facing additional "breach of trust" charges in France". Inside the Games. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  11. ^ "PSG boss charged with athletics corruption". 23 May 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Primo Nebiolo
Presidents of the IAAF
Succeeded by
  Sebastian Coe