Former head of world athletics’ governing body, Lamine Diack who was convicted of corruption last year has passed on at home in Senegal on Friday at the age of 88.
Diack was the most powerful man in athletics for 16 years at the turn of the millennium. History will not remember the Senegalese sports administrator kindly, though, after he was found guilty of corruption and sentenced last year to four years in prison for helping to cover up doping in Russia in exchange for millions of dollars’ worth of bribes.
A French court sentenced him to four years in prison, two of which were suspended, in 2020, but he was never jailed. He remained under house arrest and was later released on bail.
In May, Diack returned home to Senegal after a local football club paid a bond to allow him to leave. “He died at home around 2am of a natural death,” his son, Papa Massata Diack, told Reuters.