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  1. #241

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    Richard McLaren won't cooperate with IOC commission until communications secure
    10:25 PM ET
    Bonnie D. Ford
    ESPN Senior Writer

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Canadian law professor Richard McLaren told ESPN.com on Monday he will not cooperate with one of two International Olympic Committee commissions following up on his investigation of systemic sports doping in Russia until he is assured that his communications with that commission are secure.

    McLaren, interviewed several hours before he made a formal presentation at a World Anti-Doping Symposium, said Russia "is edging slowly" toward reform of its discredited anti-doping infrastructure. He added that he has a solid working relationship with an IOC commission headed by Swiss member Denis Oswald that is tasked with evaluating cases against more than two dozen Russian athletes stemming from the Sochi 2014 Games.

    But McLaren said he has refused to furnish any more information to a second commission -- chaired by Samuel Schmid of Switzerland and assigned to address the question of who was responsible for systemic manipulation of anti-doping samples -- since correspondence from the commission made its way into the Russian media via a hacking attack. In the past six months, hackers have obtained and released extensive correspondence and documents from WADA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, including athletes' personal medical information and investigative materials.

    A December cover letter, spreadsheet and questionnaire signed by IOC chief ethics and compliance officer Paquerette Girard Zappelli that requested greater detail on officials and government entities mentioned in McLaren's independent WADA-commissioned report was posted by Russian outlets in February. The responses by McLaren and his investigative team were not divulged, but McLaren said he had no choice but to stop cooperating.

    "I've asked for an explanation of [the cybersecurity issue] and heard nothing about that," he said. "Until I hear why that occurred, I won't be providing anything to them because they can't be sure it would be secure."

    IOC spokesman Mark Adams emailed this response:

    "The questionnaire appears to have been hacked as Mr. McLaren knows very well. We have offered to sign a confidentiality clause and the Commission remains open to cooperation in the interests of the clean athletes. There are secure methods to do this.

    "The Commission hopes that Mr. McLaren will be able to allow the findings and evidence of his report to be fully communicated to the athletes, officials and institutions, so that their right of defence is respected, which is an accepted part [of] any judicial system."

    A composed but clearly frustrated McLaren said in the ESPN.com interview that his findings continue to be the subject of counterproductive infighting between the IOC, WADA and other international sports governing and anti-doping bodies.

    He was preceded on stage at the WADA symposium by Russia's new Minister of Sport, Olympic fencing champion Pavel Kolobkov, who mixed defiant denial with promises of commitment and a slice of concession in his update on anti-doping reform.

    Kolobkov was appointed Russia's Minister of Sport last October, replacing Vitaly Mutko, who was implicated in McLaren's findings. The former athlete said his country's anti-doping agency (RUSADA), suspended since November 2015, would ask for provisional reinstatement from WADA in May and aims to be fully compliant in November. However, with the question of Russian eligibility for the February 2018 Winter Games and its role as host of the 2018 World Cup next summer looming, WADA president Sir Craig Reedie said Monday that RUSADA had "significant" work to do to meet international standards.

    WADA's 2016 testing statistics in Russia reflect the vacuum that needs to be filled. Under the oversight of UK Anti-Doping, 2,300 tests were performed last year on athletes in 32 sports, more than three-quarters of them out of competition. But an equal number -- 2,344 "planned tests'' -- were cancelled due to understaffing in sample collection. In November 2016, WADA reported that it was still encountering obstruction in testing efforts.

    Kolobkov, speaking rapidly from prepared remarks, outlined measures he said had put RUSADA and the national laboratory in Moscow -- where top athletes' positive samples were falsely reported as negative or went unreported, and numerous samples were ultimately destroyed -- on solid footing. But he also lashed out at former Moscow lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, who fled to the U.S. and blew the whistle on his own misdoings.

    U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart, who listened from the audience, noted that "a lot of things were promised. Let's hope at some point the words match the action. Their athletes who were abused by the system deserve it, and the athletes of the world who competed against their dirty athletes deserve it."

    Continued disparaging of McLaren's findings is "Play 1 from their playbook, a classic defense mechanism that doesn't help to move things forward," Tygart said.


    McLaren has consistently defended the strength of evidence he helped gather, first as member of a commission examining doping and corruption in the Russian track and field federation, and then independently, following former Moscow lab director Grigory Rodchenkov's explosive account of sample-swapping and sabotage at the Sochi Games in The New York Times last May. He has also repeatedly clarified that his mandate was not to build cases against individual athletes, but to delve into organized manipulation of the anti-doping process.

    "I think it's time to say everybody's on the same path here, and we need to get together, get to the bottom of this and fix it and move on," McLaren said. "My view is that there are far too much politics going on between these organizations and they need to sit down and talk to each other ... But they have to do it. I can't force them to do it. I just observe it."

    McLaren said his communications with the Oswald Commission have been "effective." The commission has not formally interviewed him, but made requests for information, most recently Monday morning. Oswald, who attended the symposium in Lausanne, told ESPN.com he and McLaren have a long-standing, mutually respectful professional relationship from their years as arbitrators for the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    In both his public remarks and the ESPN.com interview, McLaren emphasized that the interests of athletes must not be lost amid bureaucratic turf wars.

    "They're the people who are forgotten in this problem that is going on these days," he said. "I'm also keen to see Russia, which is a great athletic nation, be an honest and fair competitor. Which I think they want to do, too. All these comments that have come from the [Russian] president [Vladimir Putin] and [Kolobkov] are directed at trying to get back inside the tent. And the international sporting community, I think, wants them to get back inside. The question is how do you get there, and under what terms?"


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  2. #242

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    Sources: NBA suspends Knicks center Joakim Noah 20 games for violating anti-drug program
    Adrian Wojnarowski
    The Vertical Yahoo SportsMar 25, 2017, 1:57 AM

    The NBA is suspending New York Knicks center Joakim Noah 20 games for violating its anti-drug program, league sources told The Vertical.

    The NBA plans to announce the suspension on Saturday, league sources said.

    Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement, league sources said.

    Noah, 32, is expected to serve 10 games of the suspension to finish out the 2016-17 regular season and 10 games to start the 2017-18 season, league sources said.

    The National Basketball Players Association’s investigation concluded that Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.

    Noah underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27, effectively ending his season. He had recently started running and conditioning, league sources said.

    After signing a four-year, $72 million free-agent contract to leave the Chicago Bulls for New York, Noah averaged only five points and 8.7 rebounds in 46 games this season.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources...055716437.html
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  3. #243

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    MEDIA RELEASE ATHLETICS – ANTI-DOPING
    THE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS) ISSUES DECISIONS IN THE CASES OF STANISLAV EMELYANOV, EKATERINA POISTOGOVA, VLADIMIR KAZARIN AND ALEXEY MELNIKOV


    Lausanne, 7 April 2017 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued decisions concerning Russian race walker Stanislav Emelyanov, Russian middle distance runner Ekaterina Poistogova and Russian athletics coaches Vladimir Kazarin and Alexey Melnikov.

    Stanislav Emelyanov, a Russian race walking athlete, is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to Rule 32.2(b) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Competition Rules (Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method) and has been sanctioned with an eight-year period of ineligibility starting on 7 April 2017. This is his second anti-doping offence. All competitive results obtained by Mr. Emelyanov from 2 June 2015 through the commencement of his suspension period are disqualified, with all the resulting consequences.

    Ekaterina Poistogova, a Russian middle distance runner, is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to Rule 32.2(b) of the IAAF Competition Rules (Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method) and has been sanctioned with a two-year period of ineligibility starting on 24 August 2015. All competitive results obtained by Ms. Poistogova from 21 October 2014 through to the commencement of her suspension of 24 August 2015 are disqualified, with all the resulting consequences.

    Vladimir Kazarin, a Russian athletics coach, training short, middle and long-distance runners, is found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to rules 32.2(f) (possession), (g) (trafficking) and (h) (administration) of the IAAF Competition Rules and has been sanctioned with lifetime ban starting on 7 April 2017.

    Alexey Melnikov, the former senior coach of the Russian national athletics team, is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to Rule 32.2 (h) of the IAAF Competition Rules (administration) and has been sanctioned with lifetime ban starting on 7 April 2017.

    All four cases were separately heard directly before CAS Panels as a single hearing pursuant to IAAF Rule 38.19.
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  4. #244

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    London, 7 April 2017

    Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds Daniel Garza Appeal against conviction for tennis corruption offence

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld an Appeal by Mexican tennis player Daniel Garza against a conviction, suspension and fine imposed by an independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer.

    In October 2016 Mr Garza was suspended for six months and fined US$5,000 after being found guilty of a breach of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program: http://www.tennisintegrityunit.com/m...uption-offence

    Following his successful Appeal, he is eligible to resume playing professional tennis with immediate effect. The CAS Panel also awarded the player CHF 3,000 (Swiss Francs) as a contribution to his legal expenses.

    Mr Garza, 31, is currently ranked 2,054 in singles and achieved a career-high ranking of 294 in 2012.

    Ends

  5. #245

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    Tennis Anti-Doping Programme

    PRESS RELEASE
    13 April 2017

    Decision in the case of Arsan Arashov

    An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the "Programme") has found that Arsan Arashov committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme. The Tribunal has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on 30 September 2016.

    Mr. Arashov, a 17-year-old player from Kazakhstan, provided a urine sample on 9 July 2016 in association with his participation in the Tourneo Playa de Gandia in Gandia, Spain, an ITF Pro Circuit event. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain meldonium, which is a metabolic modulator that is included under section S4 (Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) of the 2016 WADA Prohibited List, and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme.

    On 20 September 2016, Mr. Arashov was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample). Mr. Arashov requested a hearing before an Independent Tribunal in accordance with Article 8 of the Programme. A hearing was held on 10 February 2017, at which the Independent Tribunal received evidence and heard legal arguments from both parties, and subsequently issued a reasoned decision on 10 April, which is available here

    The Independent Tribunal determined that (1) Mr. Arashov committed a violation of the Programme; (2) he should serve a period of ineligibility of two years; (3) that period of ineligibility is back-dated under Article 10.10.3(b) of the Programme to start on 30 September 2016 (the date on which he was provisionally suspended) and so ending at midnight on 29 September 2018; and (4) his results at the 2016 Tourneo Playa de Gandia are disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that he won at that event.

    The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

    - ENDS -

  6. #246

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    Thu May 18, 2017 | 1:15pm EDT
    WADA fast tracks rules that could bar Russia from Olympics

    By Steve Keating | MONTREAL
    Russia could be banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if proposed changes to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code announced on Thursday are fast-tracked.

    WADA's Foundation Board, expressing extreme urgency, will push forward with recommendations that would allow the body to apply sanctions against non-compliant international sporting federations, national Olympic committees and major event organizers.

    Currently WADA can only recommend sanctions not apply them.

    Under the timetable put forward by Jonathan Taylor, chairman of the Compliance Review Committee, the hope is the sanctioning framework will be ready for a vote at a WADA board meeting in November.

    Even then, if approved, the timeline would be tight for the changes to apply to the Pyeongchang Winter Games, which begin on Feb. 8, with rules stipulating a three-month implementation phase.

    Russia is currently deemed non-compliant by WADA for doping violations uncovered during investigations.

    "You need to get something in place so everyone knows what the rules are," Dick Pound, the former WADA chief and Foundation Board member told Reuters. "We would say you're non-compliant and we advise the IOC and others accordingly.

    "The IOC is then bound by the rules.

    "There is a range of non-compliance. When your rules are not right, then get them in place.

    "But if your conduct is non-compliant that is different and you go right to the nuclear option."

    Following the chaos that surrounded the sanctioning of Russian athletes before the Rio Olympics, the changes were at the top of WADA's agenda.

    The changes will allow the anti-doping body, in extreme cases, to ban countries and federations from participating in the Olympics and world championships.

    After investigations uncovered evidence of wide-spread state sponsored doping in Russia, WADA recommended to the IOC that the country be banned from last year's Rio Games.

    The IOC, however, over-ruled WADA and handed the decision on Russian participation to individual sporting federations.

    Under the proposed rule changes the IOC would be unable to throw Russia a life line like it did in Rio.

    A country, federation or NOC found non-compliant will have the right to appeal to an independent hearing panel.

    If the panel overturns the decision, WADA can then appeal the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

    (Editing by Toby Davis)


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  7. #247

    Re: The Sports Doping Thread

    Wed May 31, 2017 | 9:14am EDT
    Isinbayeva quits as anti-doping chair after international pressure: Ifax

    Twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has resigned as chair of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), the Interfax news agency reported -- a move that may help Russian athletes return to international competition.

    Isinbayeva was under pressure to quit as head of RUSADA's supervisory council after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) called for her removal, one of four steps it said were necessary for RUSADA to retrieve its right to oversee the testing of Russian athletes.

    "I will work and implement anti-doping programs. I am simply transferring my seat to a new chairman," Interfax cited Isinbayeva as saying on Wednesday.

    Isinbayeva added she would remain a member of RUSADA's supervisory council despite her resignation as chairwoman.

    It was not immediately clear how WADA would respond to Wednesday's development.

    RUSADA was stripped of its WADA accreditation after a report published in November 2015 accused it of systematically violating anti-doping regulations.

    A majority of Russian athletes are set to miss the world championships in London in August if a separate but related ban against the country's athletics federation stays in place.

    Other changes WADA is demanding from RUSADA include drug testers being allowed access to closed cities where it says athletes continue to evade testing, access to athletes' biological passports, and the implementation of a conflict of interest policy.

    Isinbayeva's appointment last December outraged WADA because she was an outspoken critic of the decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to ban Russian track and field athletes from international competition.

    That decision kept the athletes, including Isinbayeva, from competing in the 2016 Olympics. Isinbayeva retired soon afterwards.

    While formally banned, some Russian athletes hope to compete internationally as neutrals.

    Fifteen athletes, including 2015 world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, have so far been cleared to compete in international competitions after satisfying the IAAF's doping review board that they have been training in an environment that passes the necessary anti-doping requirements.

    (Reporting by Moscow newsroom; Editing by Andrew Osborn and Pritha Sarkar)


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  8. #248

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    SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 / 1:14 PM / UPDATED 14 MINUTES AGO
    Anti-doping leaders want Russian Olympic Committee excluded from Winter games
    Reuters Staff

    ZURICH (Reuters) - A group of the world’s leading national anti-doping organizations (NADOs) have called for the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to be excluded from next year’s Winter Games in Pyeongchang over alleged state-sponsored doping.

    In a joint statement issued on Thursday after a two-day meeting in Denver, the NADOs also criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for “continuing failure in its obligations to clean sport.”

    “A country’s sport leaders and organizations should not be given credentials to the Olympics when they intentionally violate the rules and rob clean athletes,” said the statement.

    “This is especially unfair when athletes are punished when they violate the rules.”

    ROC spokesman Konstantin Vybornov declined to comment. However, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, a vice-president, told R-Sport news agency that the committee regretted the statement.

    “This is not the first time this group of anti-doping agencies fuels the hysteria over the Russian team’s participation in Pyeongchang,” he said.

    He added that the statement “speaks to the lack of professionalism and the ignorance of the whole picture on the part of these respectable people.”

    The NADO leaders said they were committed to providing “consistent criteria” to enable individual Russian athletes to compete as neutrals, as long as they had been subject to “robust anti-doping protocols.”

    A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission in 2015 found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors in more than 30 sports were involved in a conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests over a period of five years.

    Russia escaped a blanket ban at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro although it was, and remains, barred from competing in athletics.

    The statement was backed by anti-doping leaders from countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA.

    It added that “the IOC needs to stop kicking the can down the road and immediately issue meaningful consequences.”

    “The mishandling of this Russia doping crisis has left the athletes of the world wondering if global anti-doping regulations have teeth and whether their fundamental right to clean sport matters,” the statement said.

    The IOC, which is holding a congress in Lima this week, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

    Reporting by Brian Homewood; additional reporting by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber in Moscow and Karolos Grohmann in Lima; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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  9. #249

    Re: The Sports Doping Thread

    Fabien Ohl‏ @ohlfabien 11m11 minutes ago
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    WADA provisionally suspends accreditation of Paris Laboratory #wada

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  10. #250

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    Tennis Anti-Doping Programme

    PRESS RELEASE
    10 October 2017
    Tennis Anti-Doping Programme Quarterly Report

    On behalf of the seven stakeholders in the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP), the ITF releases the second quarterly TADP report. These reports provide a regular source of up-to-date information on the TADP to interested parties. This report contains information relating to Quarter 3 (July – September) of the 2017 TADP and includes year-to-date information from 2017 and full-year information from 2016 for reference.

    In this report:
    1. 2018 WADA Prohibited List.
    2. Education – ITF Knowledge launched.
    3. Warning – Higenamine.
    4. Statistics for Quarter 3.
    5. Analysis of Athlete Biological Passport Samples.
    6. Decisions since the last report.

    Editor’s note:

    The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

    - ENDS -

    Full PDF

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  11. #251

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    Since they specifically mention Higenamine I looked it up. Just in case, you know, some gets into mom's home cooking.

    HIGENAMINE OVERVIEW INFORMATION

    Higenamine is a chemical found in several plants including aconite, Annona squamosa, Nandina domestica (sacred bamboo), and others.

    In supplements, higenamine is now showing up in products promoted as a pre-workout supplement for improving athletic performance. There is also interest in using higenamine for weight loss, cough, asthma, heart failure, and erectile dysfunction.

    How does it work?

    Higenamine works like a stimulant. In some parts of the body it causes tissues to relax. In other parts of the body, such as the heart, it causes tissue to contract. It seems to increase heart contractions and speed up the heart rate.
    HIGENAMINE USES & EFFECTIVENESS What is this?

    Insufficient Evidence for:
    Weight loss.
    Athletic performance.
    Cough.
    Asthma.
    Breathing disorders.
    Heart failure.
    Erectile dysfunction.
    Other conditions.
    More evidence is needed to rate higenamine for these uses.
    HIGENAMINE SIDE EFFECTS & SAFETY

    Higenamine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. The purified or extracted chemical higenamine has not been studied in people. Therefore, its safety is not clear. However, higenamine is one of the main chemicals in a plant called aconite. Aconite has been shown to cause serious heart-related side effects including arrhythmias and even death. These side effects from aconite ingestions may, in part, be caused by the higenamine chemical.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:
    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough information to know if higenamine is safe during pregnancy and breast feeding. It should be avoided.

    Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia): Higenamine might cause a rapid heartbeat. Therefore it could potentially worsen an irregular heartbeat. If you have an irregular heartbeat, do not take higenamine.

    Surgery: Higenamine acts like a stimulant, so it might interfere with surgery by increasing heart rate. Stop taking higenamine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
    HIGENAMINE DOSING

    The appropriate dose of higenamine depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for higenamine. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
    https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-suppl...ame=higenamine

  12. #252

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    Accused of Corruption on Multiple Continents, and Comfortably Defiant in Senegal
    By TARIQ PANJAOCT. 16, 2017


    Papa Massata Diack at his home in Dakar. Prosecutors claim he was involved in a vote-buying scheme in competitions to host major sporting events like the Olympics. Credit Jane Hahn for The New York Times

    DAKAR, Senegal — Papa Massata Diack, a sports official accused of participating in one of biggest corruption schemes ever in global sports, is a familiar face at Senegal’s swankiest hotels. He was greeted by half a dozen people before he reached the back of the lobby of the Pullman Teranga last week.

    Wearing his usual white boubou, Diack, 52, settled into a corner table overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. His sister Awa carried a black backpack, which held a large file of documents that Diack had compiled to defend himself.

    The criminal accusations against Diack are so numerous and so varied that Diack suggested a plan for an interview: Awa would take notes and then, eventually, retrieve documents, including several news media reports, from the file that has been expanding as the accusations have grown.

    “This is the biggest lie in the world of sports,” said Diack, who is wanted by French law enforcement officials.

    “I can accept being accused, but they have never proven that I’m the ground zero of it.”

    The son of the former head of track and field’s world governing body, Diack is at the center of an ever-widening corruption inquiry that reaches across four continents. Prosecutors say he has spent years behind the scenes, greasing hands in the shadowy intersection of sports, politics and business. They claim he was involved in a scheme to cover up failed doping tests and was the conduit for vote-buying in competitions to host major sporting events, including the Olympics.

    Millions of dollars in illicit payments have been transferred through accounts controlled by Diack or his associates, according to prosecutors in Brazil and France, which in January 2016 issued an international arrest warrant for him.

    His father, Lamine Diack, one of the most powerful men in sports during his 16-year reign as the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, known as I.A.A.F., has been detained in France since November 2015 over allegations that he accepted bribes for covering up doping violations for Russian athletes.

    Most recently, connections to the Diacks led to the arrest of Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of Brazil’s Olympic committee, amid suspicions that Rio de Janeiro’s successful bid to stage the 2016 Summer Games was helped by a $2 million payment to the younger Diack, acting as an intermediary for his father, who could be relied upon to secure the votes of the other African members of the International Olympic Committee.

    Over nearly three hours at the Pullman Teranga, Diack described all the accusations as being born of racism and jealousy, part of an Anglo-Saxon conspiracy to tarnish the legacy of his father. He also said he believed the case was part of a power game between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee.

    “Saying Lamine Diack and his son were racketing in athletes, after 22 months of investigation, where are the proofs?” Diack said. “Just press articles. If they had evidence, they would have gone to court.

    “It’s a problem for a black man, an African person, to be so successful after 16 years of stewardship of the I.A.A.F.”

    The evidence against Diack includes cash transfers and emails revealed in Brazil after authorities there accused officials of paying Diack and others to secure votes to host the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    French financial crimes investigators traced payments of $2 million from a Brazilian businessmen to bank accounts controlled by Diack around the time Rio was picked to host the Olympics. On the same day as the vote, Diack transferred about $300,000 to Frankie Fredericks, a former sprinter from Namibia and rising star of the Olympic movement who happened to be one of three people scrutinizing the vote.

    Diack called it an unfortunate coincidence. The Brazilians were paying to sponsor a new relay event being created for the I.A.A.F., and Diack was a marketing consultant for the organization.

    That claim contrasts with those of Maria Celeste Pedrosa, Nuzman’s secretary. In a deposition given to investigators in Rio, Pedrosa said the money was supposedly to pay for the construction of tracks in Africa and questioned why it had to be paid to a Diack-controlled bank account in Russia.

    The payment to Fredericks was related to a debt owed for doing promotional work for track and field sponsors, Diack said. An inquiry into Fredericks’s conduct is continuing. The relay event the Brazilians were supposedly sponsoring never took place there.

    Lamine Diack, Papa’s father, is accused by French prosecutors of accepting bribes to cover up doping violations while he was in charge of track and field’s world governing body. He has been detained in France since November 2015. Credit Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
    “Papa Diack said it, record it, state it: Lamine Diack and Frankie Fredericks voted for Tokyo,” said Diack, declaring that his father had preferred Tokyo’s pitch for the 2016 Summer Games over Rio’s. Rio ended up beating Madrid in a final runoff.

    “Whoever says the contrary is lying, and I’m ready to be challenged by my father.”

    Prosecutors have also identified myriad other payments they say are linked to the corruption scheme, including large transfers to jewelry stores in Paris and Qatar. The allegations are purely circumstantial, Diack said, and can be refuted by documents and contracts he has. Asked to reveal them, he said: “My friend, that I will give to a prosecutor. I will not give it to a journalist.”

    Investigators claim that Diack and his accomplices were so brazen in their pursuit of corrupt money that one of his associates operated a company called Black Tidings, which, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation, means “Black Marketing or to Launder Black Money” in Hindi. That account is linked to an extortion scheme in which mainly Russian athletes were directed to pay thousands of dollars in return for their failed doping tests to be covered up.

    Diack emphatically denied any involvement in that case.

    “Dirty money, or money of corruption, is kept in offshore accounts, or is given cash,” he said. “Do you think I’m stupid enough to get corruption money into my official company accounts?”

    Here in Dakar, the family’s reputation appears to be undamaged by the scandal. The Diacks are frequently described as an important family. Lamine Diack was once mayor of Dakar, and was minister of sport before turning his attention to running track and field.

    “Everyone knows them,” said Mbaye Diasse, a craftsman working amid the dust of Marché Sandaga, one of Dakar’s main markets, on a searingly hot afternoon recently. “They give a lot of money to the poor.”

    Diack has amassed millions of dollars through his sports connections. He said one of the transfers to Qatar that was identified by investigators was not for jewelry but rather to buy a new Range Rover sport utility vehicle that he had shipped back home.

    The scandal has not kept him from continuing his business activities and securing contracts for his company, Pamodzi Sports Marketing, an entity that has been linked to several of the arrangements that prosecutors described as bribery.

    Diack is now focusing his attention on global soccer, an industry far more lucrative than track and field, and one that has led to trouble in the past. He was briefly jailed after allegations that thousands of dollars of sponsorship money for the Senegal men’s national soccer team had gone missing. Diack said he spent nine days in prison before being cleared of wrongdoing.

    Diack’s jet-setting life in the corridors of international sports also led bidders involved in the now-tainted competition to host the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cups to seek his assistance. Diack smiled and chuckled before declining to answer whom he may have worked for during the process that ended with Russia and Qatar securing hosting rights.

    “I advise a lot of countries in sports,” he said.

    Diack said he had made about $14 million in commissions during his time as a consultant for the I.A.A.F., and even more from soccer.

    “There isn’t a more experienced sports marketing executive in Africa than me,” Diack said. “Wealth has never been my problem.”

    Before he was forced to stay in Senegal — he handed over his two passports, including a diplomatic one, to local authorities — Diack spent 250 days a year on the road, he said, working on deals and advising clients.

    Senegal is continuing to resist the request from France to extradite Diack. Last year the Senegalese prime minister said the country would “never surrender a son.” The case could drag on for years.

    At his most emphatic, Diack leaned in close and grabbed an arm of the person he was talking to. “They are lying,” he said. His accusers, he added, will be embarrassed.

    So why not go to France and clear it all up?

    “Like my dad, so I can be detained for two years?” he said.

    “You want me to come to France and while we are investigating, you stay, and we take your passport. Are you responsible for that? Are you going to take care of my family, are you going to pay for their bills?

    “This case will never be prosecuted in France. I will never be prosecuted in France.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/s...iaaf.html?_r=0
    "For the person that we know in the daytime, we don't need to light a lamp to see his face at night." Ghanaian Proverb


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