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Bribes and extortion ‘rife’ to cover up athletes’ positive drug tests

Trial of former athletics chief Diack begins in France over cash for doping cover-up and money laundering

Simon Carraud

Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ governing body IAAF, went on trial in Paris on Monday on charges of corruption and money laundering linked to a Russian doping scandal.

The trial of Diack, 86, who is under house arrest in Paris, comes five years after prosecutors began their investigation. They have described a web of corruption that was rife in world athletics, including bribes and extortion to cover up positive drug tests.

Diack has denied wrongdoing. His lawyers described him as a “man of values and principles” and said the accusations were baseless...

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