Lamine Diack

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Lamine Diack
Lamine Diack 2015.jpg
Lamine Diack, 2015
Born (1933-06-07) 7 June 1933 (age 87)
TitlePresident of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
PredecessorPrimo Nebiolo
SuccessorSebastian Coe

Lamine Diack (born 7 June 1933) is a Senegalese businessman, sports administrator, and former athlete. He was president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 1999 to 2015. He is the subject of numerous investigations into corruption during his tenure as president. He was also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from 1999 to 2013, then an honorary member from 2014 to 2015, and the chairman of the National Water Company "Société Nationale des Eaux" of Senegal (SONES) from 1995 to 2001. He has been under house arrest from November 2015, and his trial in France started in June 2020. On 16 September 2020 Diack, his son Papa Massata Diack, the head of the IAAF anti-doping department Gabriel Dolle and other persons were given prison sentences for their part in a coverup of doping in Russia.


Diack was a champion long jumper in the late 1950s, winning the event at the 1958 French Athletics Championships and holding the French/West African record from 1957 to 1960.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)[edit]

Diack became president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on 8 November 1999, and was re-elected for his fourth and final four-year term on 16 October 2011.[1] He was also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Investigations into corruption[edit]

In 2011 the ethics committee of the IOC conducted a year long investigation into claims that Diack had received bribes from the bankrupt sports marketing company International Sport and Leisure (ISL).[2] Diack received three payments in 1993 from ISL at a time when the company was in negotiations with the IAAF to sign a marketing contract. The IOC described Diack as having "placed himself in a conflict of interest situation".[3] Diack claimed that he received the money from supporters after his house burned down.[3] Diack was warned for his behaviour, with the fact that he was not a member of IOC at the time of the wrongdoing considered a mitigating factor.[3]

In November 2015, Diack and several other top IAAF officials were arrested in France and charged with "passive corruption" and money laundering by French financial prosecutors. Diack was placed under house arrest in Paris and Gabriel Dollé, the former anti-doping manager at the IAAF, was taken into custody in Nice.[4] The IOC provisionally suspended Diack,[5] and he resigned his position as an IOC Honorary Member.[6]

In 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency reported that with his influence,[7] Diack was able to install two of his sons and a friend into positions that exerted influence over the IAAF.[7] The report says that Lamine Diack "was responsible for organizing and enabling the conspiracy and corruption that took place in the IAAF." [7] In 2018, Diack was handed an additional charge of "breach of trust" by French prosecutors.[8] On June 18, 2020, the trial of Diack and five other people, including his son, concluded. Diack was sentenced to jail for four years, two of them suspended.[9]


  1. ^ IAAF Congress Day 1 – Daegu 2011: ELECTION RESULTS, 24 Aug – update! IAAF. 24 August 2011
  2. ^ "IAAF president Lamine Diack laughs off bribery investigation". The Guardian. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Hayatou, Diack escape serious punishment over ISL payments". Reuters. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Lamine Diack, former IAAF head, under investigation in corruption and doping inquiry". The Guardian. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  5. ^ "IOC provisionally suspends Lamine Diack". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Former IAAF president Lamine Diack resigns as honorary IOC member". The Guardian. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION REPORT #2 (page 10)" (PDF). World Anti-Doping Agency. 14 January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Former IAAF President Diack facing additional "breach of trust" charges in France". Inside the Games. 15 September 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Lamine Diack: Former IAAF head found guilty of corruption and jailed". 16 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020 – via

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Italy Primo Nebiolo
President of the IAAF
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Sebastian Coe