Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack dies at 72

Mr. Diack was wanted in Switzerland in connection with a case involving 14 Russian athletes and sports officials who allegedly took bribes to cover up positive doping tests at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. If…

Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack dies at 72

Mr. Diack was wanted in Switzerland in connection with a case involving 14 Russian athletes and sports officials who allegedly took bribes to cover up positive doping tests at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. If convicted, the officials face up to four years in prison.

Mr. Diack played a key role in several international sports organizations, notably the International Association of Athletics Federations, of which he was president from 1999 to 2015.

Mr. Diack passed away in Dakar, Senegal, after a long illness. His son, Papa Massata Diack, who heads the IAAF’s distance running section, is serving a four-year prison sentence in France for corruption connected to Mr. Diack’s conduct.

“We are sorry to hear about Lamine Diack’s death. Our thoughts are with his family,” the IOC president, Thomas Bach, wrote on Twitter.

Another Frenchman, Papa Massata Diack, 40, also was sentenced to four years in prison, French media reported.

Mr. Diack was thought to have held several hidden addresses across the continent. It was unclear Friday where he died.

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