France to try former IAAF boss Diack and his son
PARIS (AP) — Lamine Diack, once one of the most influential men in Olympic sport, has been ordered to stand trial in France for his alleged role in a system of corruption, extortion and doping...
PARIS (AP) — The chief executive officer of media group beIN was handed preliminary charges of corruption as part of an investigation into the bidding process for the 2017 and 2019 track world...
Former IAAF boss Lamine Diack facing new charges in France
PARIS (AP) — French authorities say former IAAF president Lamine Diack is facing additional charges related to the period when he ran the world governing body of athletics.
An official with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press that Diack, who was president of the IAAF from 1999 to 2015, has been charged with breach of trust to the expense of the IAAF. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly.
Samsung denies Pyeongchang Olympic lobbying allegation
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung has denied a media report it launched illicit lobbying to help bring the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Seoul-based SBS television network reported last week Samsung tried to use as a lobbyist Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine Diack, a disgraced former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations.
LONDON (AP) — A report published by British legislators has accused IAAF President Sebastian Coe of misleading a parliamentary inquiry into doping.
The digital, culture, media and sports committee's report was critical of Coe's responses to questions regarding how much he knew about doping within track and field before the problems were revealed by investigative journalists and whistle-blowers.
Rio Olympic head leaves prison; will face corruption charges
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Carlos Nuzman left prison on Friday after his arrest two weeks ago on eventual charges that he arranged bribes to land the Olympics he headed last year in Rio de Janeiro.
Nuzman walked from a Rio prison wearing a white polo shirt, accompanied by his defense team and watched by a handful of curious bystanders.
President of Brazilian Olympic Committee arrested
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee was arrested on Thursday amid an investigation into a vote-buying scheme to bring the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.
IOC seeks more information regarding vote-buying case
LIMA, Peru (AP) — What was supposed to be a stress-free meeting of the International Olympic Committee turned into something quite different Monday, when IOC president Thomas Bach was forced to spend nearly an hour defending the handling of a mushrooming bid scandal and insisting the IOC is doing its best to fight corruption.
Life bans upheld for 3 officials in doping, bribery case
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Life bans for the son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack and Russia's former top athletics official have been upheld in a doping and bribery case.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday its judging panel dismissed appeals by Papa Massata Diack and former IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev against bans by the governing body.
A coach, Alexei Melnikov, who led Russia's long-distance running program, also had his life ban confirmed.
MONACO (AP) — The IAAF has appointed Brett Clothier as head of integrity to oversee cases of doping, bribery and corruption.
The governing body of track and field says the Australian will join its independent Athletics Integrity Unit from the Australian Football League, where he investigated a doping case that rocked the sport.
IAAF hires former WADA official for integrity job
MONACO (AP) — The governing body of track and field says long-time World Anti-Doping Agency official David Howman will chair the board of its Athletics Integrity Unit.
The IAAF says the new operation — to oversee anti-doping and investigate bribery, betting, race-fixing and age cheating — began work this week under the New Zealand official.
Howman was WADA's respected CEO-like director general for 13 years until leaving last July.
JOC’s Takeda questioned over payments made by Tokyo bidders
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo prosecutors have questioned the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee over allegations that dubious payments were made by the bid team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Tsunekazu Takeda said that he was questioned last week and that he told prosecutors what he "has said so far," indicating that he denied any wrongdoing, Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday.
IAAF: Ex-Coe aide lied over payment, can still work in sport
LONDON (AP) — IAAF President Sebastian Coe's former right-hand man was expelled from athletics' governing body on Tuesday after admitting to concealing cash payments during the scandal-plagued previous administration. But Nick Davies was cleared of corruption and allowed to continue working in athletics and at IAAF events.
Reforms put daylight between old and new eras in athletics
MONACO (AP) — Sebastian Coe declared an "historic" new dawn for the scandal-wounded governing body of track and field after its members on Saturday overwhelmingly backed his package of broad changes to the way it operates and polices doping.
The IAAF president's "Time for Change" reforms won 95 percent support from 192 countries that cast valid votes at a special congress and vociferous backing from some of the sport's biggest names.
IAAF says commercial ties with Adidas ending 3 years early
MONACO (AP) — Sponsor Adidas is ending its commercial agreement with the governing body of athletics three years early, despite the IAAF's plans to broadly reform itself in the wake of doping and corruption scandals.
An IAAF statement on Friday, on the eve of its special congress to approve reforms, said: "Our commercial relationship concludes at the end of 2016."
New evidence of payments over Qatar’s bid for track worlds
PARIS (AP) — Le Monde newspaper said it obtained documents showing that a former IAAF official received two payments totaling about $3.5 million from Qatari investors before the vote for the 2017 athletics world championships.
The newspaper claimed Friday that two payments from Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), an investment fund linked to the Qatari government, were made to Pamodzi Sports Marketing in October and November 2011, days before the vote.
Diack, Russians challenge bans for blackmail plot at CAS
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport aims to give verdicts within weeks after three track officials challenged IAAF life bans in a Russian doping and bribery scandal.
Hearings for Papa Massata Diack of Senegal and two Russians — former IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev and coach Alexei Melnikov — were held from Monday to Thursday.
CAS says none of the three came to Switzerland, with proceedings conducted by video conference.
CAS sets hearing dates for Diack, Russians in extortion case
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport has set dates for three track officials to challenge life bans in a Russian doping and bribery scandal.
CAS says Papa Massata Diack, who is the son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack, former IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev and Russian coach Alexei Melnikov will have their appeals heard from Nov. 14-17. Verdicts are expected within several weeks.
Japan panel finds nothing illegal in Tokyo Olympic bid
TOKYO (AP) — An independent panel commissioned by the Japanese Olympic Committee has found nothing illegal in a payment made to a Singapore consulting firm in connection with Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Games.
A report by the panel released Thursday said a $2.8 million Singapore dollar (then $2.3 million) payment to the consultancy Black Tidings for bid planning services and lobbying advice in 2013 was legitimate.
Kenyan athletics head Kiplagat dies after a long illness
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The suspended president of Athletics Kenya, Isaiah Kiplagat, has died after a long illness. He was 72.
Track and field's world governing body, the IAAF, said that Kiplagat's death on Wednesday was confirmed by Kenya's athletics association, which he led for more than 20 years.
Troubled year in power for Coe confronting critics, Russia
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Entrusted with cleaning up a sport mired in sleaze and doping deceptions has proved far trickier for Sebastian Coe than the pursuit of gold on the track.
It's a year since Coe's misguided pronouncement that Lamine Diack, his predecessor as president of the International Association of Athletics Federation, was the "spiritual leader" of athletics.
Disowning Diack, now discredited as the alleged architect of a doping blackmail scheme, was the...