IOC denies media allegations of interference in French investigation IOC France France says Thomas Bach


The IOC on Friday denied allegations that President Thomas Bach intervened to help alienate an Olympic official involved in corruption from France where the investigation was carried out.

German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung’s suggestion that Bach contradicts a regular promise to fully cooperate with Paris prosecutors dealing with sports-related cases is wrong, the International Olympic Committee said in a statement.

The newspaper published part of a statement by former IOC member Frank Fredericks, saying Bach believed he “should be careful not to go to France” when an alleged bribe payment was made. was first reported in March 2017.

Fredericks was indicted by French financial prosecutors three years ago for a payment of $ 299,300 which he received on the day in October 2009 when IOC members chose Rio de Janeiro as the host of the 2016 Olympics.

Days after the payment was revealed, quadruple Olympic silver medalist Fredericks was removed from office by the IOC, including leading a panel evaluating 2024 Olympic candidates Paris and Los Angeles.

Between the first media report and his provisional ban, Fredericks spoke by telephone on March 4, 2017 with Bach and later with IOC ethics officer Paquerette Girard Zappelli, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported citing his contemporary notes.

“She (Girard Zappelli) then told me that the president (Bach) had called her to inform her that I was planning to fly to Europe and that I should be careful not to go to France” , Fredericks wrote of his call back from his home country Namibia.

The IOC gave a different explanation for the interpretation of the telephone call log.

“There was no order from the IOC President, but (Girard Zappelli) advised Mr. Fredericks… not to continue his preparations for the IOC Evaluation Commission visit to Paris, as long as these allegations were pending, ”the IOC said in a statement.

Fredericks, a sprinter who was second in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, denied any wrongdoing. He said the money was for consulting work with the athletics governing body, then known as the IAAF.

Payment is said to come from a Brazilian businessman and then transferred to Fredericks by Papa Massata Diack. Her father is Lamine Diack, long-time IAAF president and IOC member.

The Diacks ​​were convicted last month by a Paris court of corruption, including extorting athletes to cover up doping cases.

Lamine Diack, 87, was sentenced to two years in prison and her son was sentenced to five years in his absence. Senegal refused to extradite Papa Massata Diack.

Ongoing investigations into the larger French case have linked Papa Massata Diack to suspicious payments from Tokyo’s winning bid to host the now postponed 2020 Olympics.

In a statement to the German newspaper, the IOC said: “Contrary to your insinuation, the IOC has cooperated closely with the French judicial authorities.”

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