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Olympics: Namibia’s hero steps down amid allegations of bribery

Frankie Fredrick, Namibian four-time Olympic silver medalist in the 100 and 200 metres at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, has stepped down as the chairman of the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission.

The commission is slated to monitor the election bids for the 2024 Olympics and the Paralympic Games.

According to Insidegames, an online portal said the African hero has been replaced by Switzerland’s Patrick Baumann.

It said that his action was after an investigation into suspicious payments he received was launched by the IOC Ethics Commission investigating payments a company linked to Frederick.

The portal said that Fredrick allegedly received some money three days before the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro was awarded and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games in 2009.

Fredrick on March 7 quitted his role on the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Task force overseeing the reinstatement of Russia following allegations of state-supported doping.

The 49-year-old denies any wrongdoing and would also relinquish his role as chairman of the Coordination Commission for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

“I have personally decided that it is in the best interests of a good functioning of the IOC Candidature process that I step aside as chairperson of the 2024 Evaluation Commission.

“It is essential that the important work my colleagues are doing is seen as being carried out in a truthful and fair manner,” Insidethegames quoted Fredrick as saying.

“Paris and Los Angeles are presenting two fantastic candidatures and I do not wish to become a distraction from this great contest.

“I will not attend the IOC city meetings in July and will not participate during the vote for the 2024 city.

“I also temporarily step aside as the chair of the Youth Olympic Games 2018 coordination.

“In the interim, I will continue to fully cooperate with the IOC Ethics and Compliance Commission as I trust that they will act in the best interests of all concerned.

“As I promptly conclude that the reports and insinuations contained in the aforementioned articles are defamatory in character’’.

Meanwhile, Baumann, the Secretary General of the International Basketball Federation and President of SportAccord, had been confirmed as the new chairman.

He was already a member of the IOC Evaluation Commission appointed in February 2016.



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