Monday November 9th, 2015

The ethics commission of the International Olympic Committee has recommended provisionally suspending former IAAF president Lamine Diack’s status as an honorary IOC member in the wake of an ongoing investigation into Diack for a doping cover-up, the Associated Press reports.

Diack, 82, has served as an honorary member of the IOC since 2014 after previously serving as a full member beginning in 1999.

French authorities announced last week that they had opened a criminal investigation into Diack for allegedly accepting money from Russia to conceal positive doping tests during his time as IAAF president. He was taken into custody on charges of corruption and money laundering, but was released on bail Wednesday.

Diack, who ended his tenure as IAAF president in August after 16 years, allegedly accepted $1.2 million from the Russian athletics federation to cover up the positive doping tests of at least six Russian athletes in 2011.

IAAF president Seb Coe does not rule out banning Russia for doping​

- Erin Flynn

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