The son of the IAAF President, Lamine Diack apparently demanded $5 million in payments to approve the Doha, Qatar bid to win the right to host the 2017 IAAF World Track and Field Championships in which they failed anyway, but then won the 2019 champs. They have also been lobbying the president for a chance to win a future Olympic bid.

The Guardian newspaper received documents implicating the son, Papa Massata Diack. The Guardian temporarily posted an article containing the following:

‘A cache of documents seen by the Guardian that lifts the lid on the affluent, sometimes chaotic rush to bring major sporting events to Qatar reveals Papa Massata Diack asked for the payment – $4.5m via bank transfer and $440,000 in cash to be collected in person in Doha – in October 2011. The email was sent at a time when the Qater Olympic Committee had been lobbying his father, Lamine, to agree to chane the dates for the 2017 world athletics championships and the 2020 Olympic Games, for which it was also bidding.’

Qatar has been winning bids to host major international sports of various types lately. The apparent bribery might explain why suddenly the country is winning bids repeatedly. They have won the right to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, swimming FINA world championships and many others.

Read the story here.