- Lamine Diack told French investigators £1million of Russian money was given to finance the campaign of Macky Sall
- Diack’s claim takes the athletics doping crisis to an amazing new level. The 82-year-old was arrested on suspicion of corruption and money laundering after 16 years at the helm of the IAAF.
The athletics corruption scandal has taken an incredible turn as leaked statements appear to suggest Russian bribes to cover up positive drugs tests were used to fund the Senegalese President’s election campaign.
Lamine Diack, the former President of the International Association of Athletics Federations, told French investigators £1million of Russian money was given to finance the campaign of Macky Sall against incumbent President Abdoulaye Wade, in return for concealing positive doping tests.
The claims of Diack, who was arrested on suspicion of corruption and money laundering after 16 years at the helm of the IAAF, take the athletics doping crisis to an amazing new level with the suggestion that the campaign for the leadership of Senegal in West Africa was funded with dirty money.
‘I told you it was necessary at this time to win the’ battle of Dakar’, that is to say, overthrow the government in power in my country, Senegal,’ Lamine allegedly explained French investigators, as seen by French newspaper Le Monde, ‘This required financing the movement of young people in order to campaign. So I needed money to rent vehicles, meeting rooms and to produce leaflets
‘Mr Balakhnichev [ARAF president of the Russian Athletics Federation] was part of the Putin team and at that time there were problems of Russian athletes suspended for the world championships in Russia. We agreed to help and Russia supported us.’
WRITTEN BY MARTHA KELNER FOR THE DAILY MAIL
The government of Senegal has denied allegations that President Macky Sall’s campaign was funded by the former head of world athletics, Lamine Diack, the BBC has reported.
Government spokesperson Seydou Gueye said Mr Sall was not involved.
Lamine Diack, a Senegalese citizen, is under investigation in France, accused of turning a blind eye to doping in Russian athletics while IAAF chief.
French newspapers have alleged that he received $1.6m (£1.1m) from Russia to back Mr Sall’s 2012 election campaign.