Qatar: Corruption focus on $4.9m Qatar payment

Author(s): UNK | Date: November 20, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/E1BOlv | Type: Text

A company founded by a former senior figure at the IAAF, the governing body of world athletics, reportedly received two payments totalling US$3.5 million (S$4.9 million) days before Qatar’s failed bid to host the 2017 world championships and while it was also bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games, it has emerged.
Le Monde said it had receipts from 2011 showing that payments went from Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) – an arm of the Qatari government – to Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a company founded by Papa Massata Diack, a former marketing consultant at the IAAF and the son of the now disgraced former president, Lamine.
Diack, who was banned for life from track and field for corruption this year, denied “ever acting in such a manner” in December 2014 when the Guardian revealed e-mails which appeared to show he had asked for US$5 million in payments from QSI in 2011.

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