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Doping scandal: Police declares Diack wanted

Interpol said Thursday it has issued a wanted notice for Papa Massata Diack, son of Lamine Diack, the disgraced former president of world athletics’ governing body the IAAF.

“RED NOTICE: Papa Massata Diack, wanted by France on bribery, money-laundering & corruption charges,” the Lyon-based international police organisation said on its Twitter account.

Diack’s profile and mug shot were added to the list of 332 other wanted people on Interpol’s online list.

Lamine Diack stood down as IAAF president in August before he was charged with corruption by French judges.

Lamine Diack and his son, a former marketing consultant for the IAAF, are suspected of having made millions from bribes and other shady deals. Diack junior was banned for life by the IAAF’s ethics commission on January 7.

Independent investigator Dick Pound revealed that Diack, organised “conspiracy and corruption” at the heart of the federation and sanctioned fraud and extortion of athletes.

Pound’s report added to a rapidly growing scandal involving organised doping and its concealment that has rocked world athletics and drawn comparison with a corruption and governance scandal at football’s governing body FIFA.

Pound found that Diack, had established his own “informal, illegitimate governance structure” at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

But the report said other senior staff “could not have been unaware” that normal procedures were being circumvented.


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