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Fredericks charged in French probe over Rio graft
November 04, 2017
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Paris: Former world sprint champion Frankie Fredericks was charged on Friday by French authorities for passive corruption and money laundering relating to a graft probe into the awarding of last year’s Olympics to Rio, a judicial source said.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Fredericks, who denies any “involvement in untoward conduct”, is being investigated over a $299,300 (262,000 euros) payment he received from Papa Massata Diack, son of ex-International Association of athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack, on October 2, 2009 -- the day Rio won the bid.

Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver-medallist, had appeared before a Paris judge on Thursday.

French investigators are looking into the possibility that bribes were paid over the awarding of both the 2016 Olympics to Rio and the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The investigation centres to a large extent around the activities of Papa Massata Diack, who along with Lamine Diack also faces charges in France over millions of dollars paid to cover up doping failures by Russian athletes.

Agence Frnace-Presse

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