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Ahmad Al Kamali, a former World Athletics Council member is banned for six months and fined $6,000 for giving watches to African delegates.

He admitted to giving Continental watches and is accused but denies handing out the Rolex brand.

The Athletics Integrity Unit provisionally suspended Al Kamali the sport in October 2019, Which prevented him from running for the vice president’s role at World Athletics,

Al Kamali, the President of the United Arab Emirates Athletics Federation has been sanctioned after an investigation by the World Athletics Ethics Board.

He is accused of gifting the watches to officials during the Confederation of African Athletics Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia back in 2015. He was trying to convince the delegates to vote for him as a Council member.

He previously sat on the World Athletics Council, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF, now World Athletics) Council, from 2011 to 2019.

He admitted that he had given the watches branded with the UAE Athletics Federation logo during the Congress in Ethiopia. 

“During the African Athletics Association Congress in Addis Ababa, I have offered corporate gestures on behalf of the UAE Athletic Federation with the logo of the UAE AF imprinted therein,” he told the investigation.