Report: Ex-IAAF president’s son requested bribe from gold medalist

Thursday November 5th, 2015

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, reportedly requested $500,000 to cover up a doping investigation into a Turkish athlete, prosecutor Eliane Houlette told the Associated Press.

The athlete that was offered the bribe was Olympic gold medalist Asli Cakir Alptekin of Turkey ​according to the Lyon Capitale and Mediapart of France.

Alptekin won the 1,500-meter Olympic gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and was stripped of her title by the IAAF and the Court of Arbitration for Sport in August. She agreed to serve an eight-year ban for blood doping. 

The irregularities in her biological passport were Alptekin’s second positive test after she served a two-year ban for anabolic steroids while competing as a junior athlete at the 2004 World Junior Championships. The eight-year ban is a maximum punishment for a second offense.

Lamine Diack, 82, taken into custody on Sunday and questioned over allegations that he accepted bribes for deferring sanctions against Russian athletes that have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. On Tuesday, Diack was released on bail and ordered not to leave France as the investigation continues. ​

Alptekin reportedly refused the bribe from Diack in Nov. 2012, which later led to her title stripping this summer.

Papa Massata Diack and Khalil Diack would accept bribes and have the money laundered to a company called “Black Tidings” in Singapore. Gabriel Dollé, the former head of anti-doping at the IAAF, Valentin Balakhnichev, the ex-president of the Russian Athletics Federation and Russian coach Alexey Melnikov also reportedly played a role in the corruption.

Masata Diack resigned from his post within the IAAF after being named in bribing allegations in Dec. 2014. 

- Christopher Chavez

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