Probes in France continue on Diack Debacle, will there every be a resolution?


The stories and rumors continue.

Months ago, perhaps a year ago, there were sources out of French investigation that suggested that several of the IAAF World Championships during the reign of Lamine Diack were being investigated over rumored bribery.

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This new story, in Reuters, notes that French authorities are looking into several IAAF championships regarding bribery allegations. Much of this has to do with lack of answers from Pappa Diack, the son of Lamine Diack, and the person all fingers seem to be pointing to in the alleged selling of World Championships.

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Pappa Diack is being protected by the government in Senegal. In a recent article from Agence France Presse, Pappa Diack complained about how his father, Lamine Diack is being treated in France. Yet, Pappa Diack hides in Senegal, protected by a goverment he allegedly helped elect.

The cover line by Reuters was that Eugene was being investigated, which was true, but so are several others, including London, Moscow, Beijing and Doha.

How to tell the difference between selling newspapers and actual facts? That remains to be seen. The IAAF Ethics committee recently noted that they could not find evidence on questionable activities in regards to Doha 2019. That result did not increase confidence in the IAAF Ethics committee.

The key seems to be, how to reach Pappa Diack and insure that he answers questions? What pressure can be put on Pappa Diack so that he responds to the French authorities?

The French authorities will have to put pressure on Lamine Diack in order to have any chance of questions being answered by Pappa Diack.

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