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Former World Athletics Council member, Ahmad Al Kamali, who is accused of offering bribes to secure votes has had his fine lifted, however, his six-month ban will continue, according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The sanction was first handed down in December of 2020.
He is charged with gifting watches to members of the Confederation of African Athletics Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2015.
The ruling was upheld by the CAS.
A CAS statement indicated that the value of the watches was nominal.
Therefore, the panel reduced the sanctions proportionally by “setting aside the fine.”
Al Kamali sat on the World Athletics Council, from 2011 to 2019.
He was also a candidate for the vice-president position at the elections which was held in Doha, Qatar in September 2019. He was removed from standing as he was suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit during the apparent bribery investigation.
Al Kamali admitted to giving Continental watches and is accused but denies handing out the Rolex brand.
Al Kamali was the President of the United Arab Emirates Athletics Federation was first investigated by the World Athletics Ethics Board.