Fredericks fails in appeal against IAAF Council's provisional suspension
Frankie Fredericks, the former Namibian sprinter, yesterday failed in an appeal against his provisional suspension from the Council of the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, over allegations of vote-buying in relation to Rio de Janeiro’s successful bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
A disciplinary tribunal decided to maintain the suspension pending an investigation into potential ethics violations.
Fredericks, a member of the International Olympic Committee, had stepped down from the Council in March, and also relinquished his role as the chairman of the evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympic Games.
The Athletics Integrity Unit is investigating Fredericks over payments received by Fredericks’ company, Yemi Limited, from a company owned and controlled by Papa Massata Diack, the disgraced son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack. The payments were made on or close to the date of the IOC vote awarding the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio in October 2009.
Fredericks has claimed that the sums of money received were proper payments for services rendered, which have no connection to the voting process for the award of the 2016 Olympics.
But the AIU said in a statement yesterday: “Mr Fredericks appealed against the order for provisional suspension and his appeal was heard by an enlarged panel of the Disciplinary Tribunal. Having heard from both parties, the enlarged panel agreed with the AIU's submissions and it declined to lift the order for provisional suspension.”