Trial of IAAF Chief Delayed Until June
By Samuel Victor Akpan
The trial of former International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) head Lamine Diack which was scheduled to begin on Monday in France has been delayed until June.
Diack, who was investigated by authorities in France for four years for allegedly taking payments amounting to over 3 million euros to cover up cheating, had earlier been under house arrest in Paris since back in November 2015.
The 86-year-old Senegalese faces charges of corruption and money-laundering linked to the Russian doping scandal.
A report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) back in 2016 concluded that Diack was responsible for organizing and enabling the conspiracy and corruption that took place in the IAAF according to the BBC. French prosecutors also alleged that he used some of the payments to fund political campaigns in his native homeland.
The former mayor of Dakar in Senegal, was present at the court on Monday alongside co-defendants, former IAAF anti-doping chief Gabrile Dolle and lawyer Habib Cisse.
Diack denies the charges, but he could face up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.