Namibian Frankie Fredericks, IAAF Council member has been suspended by IAAF from athletics pending an investigation into a potential ethics violation, the sport’s governing body said on Monday.
The suspenison is a provisional one as the Namibian is being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) over payments he received from Papa Massata Diack, the son of Lamine Diack, the ex-IAAF president.
The Chairman of the IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal, Michael J Beloff said in a written judgement that Frankie’s “suspension was not a presumption of guilt”.
Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver medallist stepped down from his two key administrative roles in March following the accusations levelled against him and told Le Monde that the payment had “nothing whatsoever to do with the Olympic games” indicating that it was in line with the role he played in promoting several athletics events.
Frankie Fredericks has been accused to have received payment just few days before voting on the 2016 Olympics host city making it suspicious that it was a bribe to vote for who host the world’s flagship event.
Due to the accusation and impending investigation, he quit as the head of the evaluation commission for the 2024 Olympics. He was also out of the inspection of the 2024 bidding cities.