When 'friend' of Monaco's prince touted to Nike his influence with the IAAF

By and Michel Henry

An individual close to Prince Albert II of Monaco received a hefty commission after sportswear company Nike signed a sponsorship contract with football club AS Monaco. According to documents consulted by Mediapart, during the negotiations the intermediary suggested that the prince, a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations, would “lend his support” for the candidature of the Oregon state city of Eugene, with which Nike is closely associated, to host the world athletics championship. Which it will, in 2021. Prince Albert firmly denies giving "any voting instructions".

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Despite his high-profile involvement in international sports bodies, Prince Albert II of Monaco, a member of both the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and also of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has remained untarnished by the catalogue of corruption scandals that have over recent years engulfed the world of sport.