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Papa Massata Diack calls bluff of French authorities amid corruption conviction

Papa Massata Diack

Papa Massata Diack, the son of the embattled former head of IAAF, Lamine Diack, is fighting back French authorities following his conviction in France.

Diack was handed a lifetime ban from athletics in 2016 and has also been sentenced to four years in prison for corruption and money-laundering.

However, he is currently residing in Senegal and has so far refused to leave Senegal the West African country.

His conviction was done in his absence and he has now stated that he is not ready to serve any jail term in France.

According to him, French authorities will have to send forces to forcefully move him from Senegal.

“They can send special forces to pick me up,” Diack, who maintains that he is innocent, said.

This comes after his father was charged with corruption, bribery, and money laundering, as part of the Russian doping scandal.

The former IAAF President is said to have covered up the test results for athletes suspected of doping after accepting bribes from them.

He then allegedly allowed them to compete in various competitions, including in the 2012 London Olympics.

The 87-year-old has since been convicted and handed a four-year prison sentence, two of them suspended.

In addition to the prison sentence, the Senegalese has also been given a maximum fine of 500,000 euros.

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