Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics’ governing body, has been convicted in France of corruption in a Russian doping scandal and sentenced to spend at least two years in jail.IThe former IAAF president Lamine Diack.

The 87 year old was found guilty of accepting bribes from athletes suspected of doping, to cover up test results and let them continue competing, including at the 2012 London Olympics.

The court also found Diack guilty of accepting money from Russia to help finance Macky Sall’s campaign for the 2012 Senegal presidential election, in exchange for slowing anti-doping procedures.

Prosecutors said Diack had solicited bribes totalling $7 million from athletes suspected of drug cheating.

Diack was once one of the most influential men in the sport, leading the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 1999 to 2015.

-Reuters

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