Athletics: Under-fire Lamine Diack resigns from IOC, says statement

Shamed former IAAF president Lamine Diack has resigned from his position on the International Olympic Committee.
Shamed former IAAF president Lamine Diack has resigned from his position on the International Olympic Committee.PHOTO: AFP

LAUSANNE (AFP, REUTERS) - Shamed former IAAF president Lamine Diack has resigned from his position on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where he had served as an honorary member, the IOC said on Wednesday.

The 82-year-old Diack, who is being probed over corruption charges, "has resigned from his position as an honorary member of the IOC", the organisation said in an e-mail sent to AFP.

The Senegalese, the former head of athletics' governing body, had been provisionally suspended by the IOC on Tuesday evening.

His resignation from the Olympic body comes two days after the publication of a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) independent commission report on allegations of widespread corruption and collusion by Russian officials, including state security services, to cover up results of drug tests, destroy samples and intimidate laboratory staff.

The report also identified "systematic failures" by the IAAF, already rocked by the probe against Diack and other officials.

He served as president of the IAAF from 1999 until August this year, when he was succeeded by Briton Sebastian Coe. His son Papa Massata Diack and three others have also been charged with various alleged breaches of the IAAF's Code of Ethics.