We saw corruption in cricket. Now in athletics it grew to include the bidding and voting processes for the hosting of the 2016 and 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo. The news of fresh allegations of $ 2m fix in 2020 Olympics is all set to take on social media platform as hot topic. As per our reports French officials are investigating why $2m payment was done to the son of ex-world athletics chief.
It is to be noted that ex-world athletic chief lamine Diack and his son Papa Massata Diack face corruption inquiry in France.
Lamine Diack was arrested last year on crime and money laundering and over accusations that he took payments for extending sanctions against Russian drugs cheats. On the other hand Papa Massata, a marketing consultant for the IAAF, appointed by his own father is also under probe, and a warrant is pending for his arrest, issued by Interpol.
WHO IS LAMINE DIACK?
Lamine Diack, now 82, was ex-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
After the fresh allegations Massata has been banned for life by the IAAF.
While we are yet to forget The Salt Lake City bribery scandal, after which the regained trust, and yet another scam regarding the integrity of its bidding process show that it’s a big systematic corruption, may be an organized crime.
Recently, Wada commission (World Anti-Doping Agency) chief Dick Pound gave official statement that he was “fairly assured” the IOC was free of organised crime, but after a month, the French Police set their inquiry into the bidding processes for 2016 and 2020.
The alleged $2m payment was defined as “Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Bid”, transferred from an account allegedly opened at Japanese Bank, for the profit of the “Black Tidings” company in Singapore. A preliminary investigation revealed that 2.8m Singapore dollars purportedly remitted to a company based in the city state and is related to Papa Massata Diack. Also, French “National Financial Prosecution service had information of 2 financial movements supposedly to have been done in July and October 2013”.
To recollect, Lamine Diack had left the IOC soon after voting, in 2013, on whether Tokyo, Istanbul or Madrid should host the 2020 games. Currently Lamine is banned from leaving France pending the investigations while his son Papa Massata Diack is believed to be in Senegal.