Keyword: Papa Massata Diack

How Tokyo 'bought' the 2020 Olympic Games

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The December 2019 inauguration ceremony for the New National Stadium in Tokyo which will be used for the 2020 Games. © Reuters The December 2019 inauguration ceremony for the New National Stadium in Tokyo which will be used for the 2020 Games. © Reuters

Documents obtained by French investigating judges show how the former head of the International Association of Athletics Federations, Lamine Diack, “coordinated” the votes of African members of the International Olympic Committee in 2013 to help ensure Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Games. Meanwhile just before and after the vote, an offshore company linked to Diack's son received a total of 2.3 million dollars from the Japanese bid committee. Yann Philippin and Antton Rouget report.

How Qatar 'bought' the right to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships

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A race during the IAAF Diamond League competition on May 3rd 2019 in Doha. © Reuters A race during the IAAF Diamond League competition on May 3rd 2019 in Doha. © Reuters

Qatar promised 37.5 million dollars to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) just hours before it won the right to stage the 2019 World Athletics Championships was awarded. Some 4.5 million of this was due to be paid to the son of the IAAF president at the time, Papa Massata Diack. The IAAF says that in the end that money was never paid to Diack. Yann Philippin and Antton Rouget report on the background to the awarding of the prestigious event now taking place at Doha in Qatar –and where the athletes have been sweltering in the heat.

Boss of top French football club PSG faces questions over commission for player's agent

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In a confidential letter seen by Mediapart and the British daily newspaper The Guardian, the president of leading French football club PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, requested the payment of a 2-million-euro commission to the agent of Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore in relation to the latter's transfer. The request was apparently made on the instructions of the current Emir of Qatar. If carried out, such a payment appears to breach both French football transfer regulations and the law. A company run by Al-Khelaifi's brother also asked for 200,000 dollars in 'expenses' over the transfer. Yann Philippin reports.

Document implicates Qatari ruler's chief aide in athletics 'corruption' probe

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Confidential documents seen by Mediapart and British daily The Guardian suggest that the chief of staff of Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was involved in negotiating payments that are suspected by a French judicial probe of being used in a corruption plot for the attribution of the World Championships of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). It also suggests that Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the chairman and CEO of BeIN Sport media group and president of French football club PSG, played a greater role in the alleged plot than he has hitherto told the French judicial investigation. Yann Philippin reports.

French prosecutors investigate Tokyo Olympics payment

The probe centres on a 2-million dollar sum allegedly paid to son of former world athletics chief at time of the awarding the 2020 games.

Exclusive: the damning report into world athletics doping extortion scandal

By Federico Franchini
Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin celebrateS after winning gold in the women's 1500m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 10, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS OLYMPICS) © Reuters Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin celebrateS after winning gold in the women's 1500m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 10, 2012. REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS OLYMPICS) © Reuters

Amid the ongoing corruption scandal tearing apart world football governing body Fifa, the association governing world athletics, the IAAF, is now rocked by revelations of an extortion racket implicating both its former president and senior staff arrested last week in France and who allegedly demanded cash to cover up doping evidence against athletes. The IAAF scandal reaches a high point on Monday when a World Anti-Doping Agency commission will deliver a report of its investigation into the scam. Mediapart has gained advance access to the commission’s disturbing findings. Federico Franchini reports.