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Lamine Diack: Former athletics chief’s trial delayed until June

By Dan Roan BBC sports editor in Paris Media playback is not supported on this device Athletics faces crisis – IAAF boss Lamine Diack, speaking to BBC Sport’s Dan Roan in February 2015The trial of Lamine Diack, the disgraced former head of athletics’ world governing body the IAAF, has been delayed until June.The 86-year-old Senegalese…


By Dan Roan

BBC sports activities editor in Paris

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Athletics faces disaster – IAAF boss Lamine Diack, talking to BBC Sport’s Dan Roan in February 2015

The trial of Lamine Diack, the disgraced ragged head of athletics’ world governing physique the IAAF, has been delayed unless June.

The 86-yr-archaic Senegalese faces corruption and money-laundering charges linked to the Russian doping scandal.

The trial used to bedue to begin in France on Monday.

But current documents had been submitted to the Paris court docket touching on testimony that his son and co-defendant Papa Massata Diack gave in Senegal in November.

The BBC has realized the IAAF, now referred to as World Athletics, is looking out for 41.2m euros (£35.3m) in compensation from the six defendants as a results of the scandal.

The governing physique has lodged a claim in step with loss of sponsorship earnings, hurt to recognition and doubtless loss of earnings.

Diack Sr used to be investigated by French authorities for four years over claims he took payments of more than 3m euros to veil up cheating.

On Monday, all parties within the case had been given time to test the documents, which embody a yarn of a hearing at which Diack Jr gave proof and bank records. He stays in Senegal and the nation has refused to extradite him.

Earlier Diack Sr arrived at court docket flanked by lawyers and security group. His co-defendants, ragged IAAF anti-doping chief Gabrile Dolle and lawyer Habib Cisse, additionally attended court docket.

Used Russian athletics chief and IAAF treasurer Valentin Balakhnichev and Russia’s ex-center distance coach Alexei Melnikov willbe tried in their absence.

All six defendants strenuously hiss the charges.

After the adjournment used to be launched, Diack Sr, who has been under residence arrest in Paris since November 2015, asked to be allowed to reach to Senegal to survey his family.

But after taken with his plea, the panel of three judges made up our minds he would need to dwell in Paris.

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