IOC president Thomas Bach has formally requested Senegal
cooperates with French judicial authorities investigating
corruption at the heart of international athletics, sources have
Investigators are particularly keen that Papa Massa Diack, son of
the former IAAF president Lamine Diack and himself a powerful
marketing advisor to the federation, should answer questions.
In a letter seen by AFP sent to the Senegalese President Macky
Sall on November 16, Bach said that investigating magistrate,
Renaud van Ruymbeke, "told us of the difficulties he has come up
against in the execution of the two investigation letters
addressed to the Minister of Justice of Senegal".
"The commitment of your government (...) would be particularly
appreciated," added Bach, who asked that action be taken as
quickly as possible.
Papa Massa Diack -- known as PMD -- is suspected of having
received several million euros of bribes, either for sponsorship
contracts or to favour the Rio and Tokyo nominations for the 2016
and 2020 Olympics.
PMD has been on Interpol's most wanted list since December 2015
but is sheltering in Dakar as the Senegalese government refuses
to extradite him to France.
"This total ongoing absence of cooperation from Senegal is
hindering the smooth conduct of the investigation," van Ruymbeke
Van Ruymbeke said that his request for PMD's bank records was a
The Senegalese judiciary previously conducted its own
investigation and said it would not extradite one of its
Lamine Diack, who is forbidden to leave France, was head of the
governing body of global athletics from 1999 until his arrest in
France in 2015.
He was charged at the time with taking millions of dollars to
cover up failed Russian doping tests along with two other IAAF
officials. In June he was also charged with favouring his son in
negotiations over sponsorship and TV rights.
In October Senegal was awarded the 2022 Youth Olympics.