Athletics Doping: Lamine Diack Resigns From IOC Role

Lamine Diack, the former president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has resigned from his role on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the BBCreported.

Diack, who was replaced by Briton Sebastian Coe in August when he resigned as IAAF president, was placed under investigation by French police earlier this month on suspicion of taking bribes to defer sanctions on Russian athletes guilty of doping.

The IOC provisionally suspended Diack on Wednesday from his position as an honorary member following the publication of a damning report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday. The report alleged that there were "systemic failures" within both the IAAF and Russian athletics that led to widespread doping at all levels of the sport in Russia. The IOC has also called for the athletes and officials mentioned in the WADA report and who were proven to have doped to be stripped of their medals and excluded from future Olympic Games.

In a statement reported by the BBC, the French financial prosecutor said last week that Diack was suspected of receiving money in exchange for withholding sanctions "for several Russian athletes who were found guilty of doping in 2011, ahead of the Olympic Games." Also under investigation are Diack's son Papa Massata, his adviser Habib Cisse and the IAAF's former head of anti-doping, Gabriel Dolle.

The IAAF came under fire in August for allegedly failing to follow up on suspicious blood tests from athletes following investigations by German broadcaster ARD and the Sunday Times. The IAAF rejected the allegations as "sensationalist and confusing."

Diack's ongoing troubles add to the pressure on Coe, who now faces the monumental task of cleaning up athletics. Upon Diack's resignation, Coe had praised the Sengalese's "shrewd stewardship" during his 16-year reign as IAAF president and said that he would always remain the "spiritual president" of world athletics. Since allegations of corruption at the IAAF emerged, Coe told Reuters it was "abhorrent" that officials had extorted money from athletes guilty of doping.