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Lamine Diack, the former head of World Athletics formerly known as the IAAF, and who was convicted of corruption last year, died at home in Senegal on Friday. He was 88-years-of-age. He led World Athletics for 16 years from 1999-2015 but was later found guilty of corruption and covered up Russian doping in return for millions of dollars.
A French court sentenced him to four years in prison in 2020, but due to his age was sent home to serve his term under house arrest.
His son, Papa Massata Diack, confirmed that his father died of natural causes.
“He was a good man, a great leader. We wanted him to come back home. It took us one month (to gather the 500,000 euros),” Cheikh Seck, a businessman, and former Senegal international goalkeeper said after Diack’s death.
“It was really important, we never imagined he could finish his life somewhere else.”