Frankie Fredericks resigns over bribery claims

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IT’S BEEN announced that four-time Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks has stepped down from two key administrative roles after corruption claims.

IAAF council member Fredericks has quit as head of the evaluation commission for the 2024 Games, after already leaving a taskforce helping Russia return to international competition.

His decision to resign comes after French newspaper Le Monde claimed the former Namibia sprinter received a payment days before voting on the 2016 Olympics host city, allegations he denies.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is investigating the claims.

In a statement from IAAF, Fredricks said “I have decided to step aside from the taskforce so that the integrity of its work is not questioned due to the allegations made against me in Le Monde.”

“It is important that the taskforce’s mission is seen as free and fair with no outside influence.”

As head of the IOC evaluation commission, Fredericks was to lead an inspection visit to 2024 candidate cities Los Angeles and Paris.

The IAAF says Fredericks’ place on the five-person taskforce has been taken by IAAF Athletes’ Commission chairperson Rozle Prezelj.

Source: http://www.voice-online.co.uk

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