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IOC seek Lamine Diack suspension over Russia issue

Geneva: Former world athletics supremo Lamine Diack should have his honorary membership of the International Olympic Committee suspended in the wake of his arrest on corruption charges, the IOC said yesterday.

Lamine Diack
Lamine Diack

In a brief statement on their website, the IOC announced: "The International Olympic Committee Ethics Commission has recommended the provisional suspension of Lamine Diack as an Honorary Member of the IOC."

Diack, 82, was head of the International Association of Athletics Federations for 16 years until August and was arrested by French investigators and charged with corruption last week amid allegations he took bribes to cover up doping cases, principally in Russia.

Russian athletics should be suspended from all competition, a damning report by World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) independent commission into widespread doping and corruption urged yesterday.

"The IC (Independent commission) has recommended that the IAAF suspend ARAF (Russian athletics federation)," concluded the report set up to investigate the scandal that has rocked athletics. WADA also called for lifetime bans to be given to five Russian athletes, including Olympic 800m champion Maria Savanova.

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