Former sprint star and IAAF council member Frankie Fredericks has been provisionally suspended pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation, the athletics governing body said Monday.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the IAAF said it was looking into a payment made by a company owned by Papa Massata Diack – son of disgraced former athletics federation chief Lamine Diack – to a firm owned by Fredericks “on or close to the date of the IOC vote awarding the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro.”
As a member of the IOC, the now 49-year-old Namibian Fredericks was able to vote on the 2016 Olympic host city when it was decided in Copenhagen on October 2, 2009,
The four-time Olympic silver medallist had previously quit as head of the evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympic Games, while denying any wrongdoing in accepting almost 300,000 dollars from Papa Massata Diack’s agency, Pamodzi Sports Consulting.
According to French newspaper Le Monde and based on US tax documentation, Papa Massata Diack paid 299,300 dollars on October 2, 2009 to an offshore firm linked to Fredericks and based in the Seychelles.
“I categorically deny any direct or indirect involvement in any untoward conduct and confirm that I have never breached any law, regulation or rule of ethics in respect of any IOC election process,” Fredericks said in a previous statement.
Fredericks claimed the money from Pamodzi was for marketing services he provided from 2007 to 2011.