The former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations is being investigated over allegations claiming that he took payments for deferring sanctions against Russian drug cheats. French prosecutors suspect that Lamine Diack of Senegal received money through bribes within 2011. The 82-year-old ended his 16-year reign as IAAF president in August, as Briton and double Olympic 1500m winner Sebastian Coe was elected as his replacement.
Athletics’ world governing body says it is “fully co-operating” and confirmed that police had carried out searches and interviews at its headquarters in Monaco. French authorities questioned the IAAF’s new president on Tuesday, after Lord Coe offered to co-operate whilst the IAAF has previously denied claims of widespread doping and corruption within the sport. A French financial prosecutor has remarked, “Diack and Cisse were arrested on Sunday and released on Tuesday. They were presented to a judge on Tuesday who informed them that they had been put under a formal investigation”.