Fredericks charged with passive corruption and money laundering

Former world sprint champion Frankie Fredericks has been charged with passive corruption and money laundering relating to a graft probe  into the awarding of last year's Olympics to Rio de Janiero .

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, Fredericks who denies any "involvement in untoward conduct", is being investigated by French authorities over a $300,000 payment he received from Papa Massata Diack, son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack on October 2, 2009 - the day Rio won the bid.

Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver-medallist, had appeared before a Paris judge on Thursday. French investigators are looking into the possibility that bribes were paid over the awarding of both the 2016 Olympics to Rio and the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The IOC which is cooperating with the Paris investigation, said its ethics compliance officer would look into the court ruling.  The IAAF provisionally suspended Fredericks from its ruling council on July 17 as it launched a probe into the graft allegations against him.

In March, Fredericks had also stepped down from an IAAF task force working on getting doping-tainted Russia back into global sport.



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