Former BYU, Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks suspended for potential ethics violation

Former BYU and Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks was provisionally suspended by track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, pending investigation for a potential ethics violation, the organization announced Monday.

Fredericks, a four-time Olympic medalist, is a member of the International Olympic Committee and an IAAF council member.

Fredericks is being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit concerning payments received by Fredericks’ company, Yemi Limited, from Papa Massata Diack, the son of former IAAF president Lamine Diack, “on or close to the date” an IOC vote awarded the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro, according to an AIU statement regarding the investigation.

Fredericks, as an IOC member, had a vote in the awarding of the 2016 Olympics.

According to the AIU, Fredericks said the payments received ($300,000 according to Reuters) were for services rendered that had nothing to do with the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games. The AIU also said Fredericks plans to contest the provisional suspension.

Reuters reported that Fredericks stepped down earlier this year as head of the IOC team in charge of evaluating bids for hosts of the 2024 Olympics. According to that report, he also voluntarily resigned from an IAAF task force investigating doping …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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