Diack Wants IAAF’s Ethics Commission To Speed Up Inquiry



Papa Massata Diack, the marketing consultant under IAAF Ethics Commission’s investigation, has appealed to the body to speed up the investigation over the allegations of wrongdoing contained in a report by one of the leading British newspapers.

The newspapers in a report, which Diack vehemently denies, contained insinuations that the Senegalese, who was one of the marketing consultants to the IAAF, collected money running into millions to influence the choice of Qatar as hosts of a World Athletics Championships. Interestingly, Qatar did not win that bid.

“These unproven allegations constitute grave dangers to my integrity as a person involved in raising funds to support the growth and development of sports worldwide,’’ Diack said.

In a letter to the Commission, Diack complained that the snail-speed pace of the investigation, which commenced 14 months ago, had been
dragging on embarrassingly for too long.

He said because of the incalculable damage the report posed to “my person and my organisation, I have temporarily stepped down from my
job in order to devote time and attention to the independent investigation set up by the IAAF in order to clear my name.

“I have cooperated with the commission in order to clear this smear campaign.

“I would like to thank each of you, for your most appreciated support, while I was confronted with media allegations that l absolutely refute.”

“As a marketing consultant to the IAAF, I have spent many years contributing to the development of athletics, and I was really concerned about the impact that such allegations can have on the

“I consequently took the decision to stand down, in order to let the IAAF independent ethics Commission to carry out its investigation. I remain confident that the facts would prove my innocence.’’

Diack, however, pointed out that a recent ‘request for information,’ sent out by the investigator appointed by of the IAAF Ethics Commission, Sir David Calvert-Smith to the website of, “Around The Rings,’’ asking for information over the allegation, appeared to be a clear indication that those media-generated allegations had now become an ‘ethics violation.’

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