Namibian Fredricks quits IAAF task force

IAAF President Sebastian Coe has appointed IAAF Athletes’ Commission Chairperson Rozle Prezelj to replace IAAF Council Member Frank Fredricks who resigned as a member of an IAAF task force.

Fredricks, a Namibian and a former sprinter, resigned from the Task Force which is coordinating the re-admittance of the suspended Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), the IAAF said.

Fredricks, 49, stepped aside after agreeing with Coe.

“I have decided to step aside from the task force so that the integrity of its work is not questioned due to the allegations made against me in Le Monde. It is important that the task force’s mission is seen as free and fair with no outside influence,” commented Fredericks.

Le Monde, a French newspaper reported that Fredericks, a four-time Olympic silver medalist, received nearly US$300,000 from a figure accused of corruption in international sports on the day Rio won the bid to host the Games.

Le Monde claimed Fredericks received a payment from the Pamodzi Sports Consulting firm owned by Papa Massata Diack.

Massata, a Senegalese, is a son of former IAAF President Lamine Diack. Father and son face bribery charges in France over millions of dollars paid to cover up doping failures by Russian athletes.

French investigators are also looking into the possibility that bribes were paid over the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio.

It said another payment of US$500,000 was made around the same time to another account belonging Papa Massata Diack in Russia.

The IAAF recently expelled deputy secretary Nick Davies and barred him from working for the IAAF after he was implicated in a scandal revolving around the suspended RusAF.

Davies, a British journalist, who served as IAAF media officer, was one time chief of staff.