Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term

first_imgFrench prosecutors on Wednesday requested a four-year jail term and a fine of 500,000 euros ($562,000) for Lamine Diack, the former IAAF president standing trial for corruption, money laundering and breach of trust.Prosecutors said that Diack, an 87-year-old Senegalese who led track and field’s governing body for nearly 16 years, directly or indirectly solicited 3.45 million euros ($3.9 million) from athletes suspected by the IAAF of doping. The athletes allegedly paid to have their names cleared in order to continue competing.“The IAAF tripped on the hurdle of corruption,” prosecutor Arnaud de Laguiche said Wednesday on the hearing’s penultimate day. “(People like) Diack live like little emperors, they have their little courts and people court them.”The Paris court has considered allegations that top athletes paid millions of dollars in illicit payoffs to corrupt administrators led by Diack – once among the most influential leaders in Olympic sports.About two dozen Russian athletes were reportedly involved, with Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova testifying that she paid 450,000 euros ($506,000).“The main issue here is: how could doped athletes take part in competitions? The first layer is institutionalized doping in Russia. The second layer of the (cake) is the slowing down of suspensions,” de Laguiche said. “The IAAF is the paradise of conflict of interests. … Diack tied the slowing down of suspensions of Russian athletes to his (election) interests in Senegal.”A lawyer representing the World Anti-Doping Agency, a civil party to the case, also took a swipe.“Between 2011 and 15, Mr. Diack chose money, dishonesty and corruption – that´s a reality,” Emmanuel Daoud said Wednesday. “Can Mr. Diack look in the mirror with pride?”The IAAF at the time under Diack’s guidance provided “a system of total protection (for Russian doping) … (whereby) the cheats are never punished,” Daoud added.Wearing a light blue robe on Wednesday, Diack sometimes looked forlorn as he sat slumped in a chair with his head bowed. But at other times he was sprightly, cheerful and smiling as he grabbed one person by the arm and led him away for a quick talk during a break in proceedings.Prosecutor Francois-Xavier Dulin expanded on Diack´s links with Russia, alluding to the apparent benefit gained by slowing suspensions.“In 2011 Lamine Diack went to Moscow, where he was received by Vladimir Putin,” Dulin said, later adding: “Diack built houses in Dakar for his IAAF employees.”Diack signed an agreement to pay his son Papa Massata Diack $1,200 per day and expenses for consultancy work, negotiating tens of millions of dollars in sponsorship deals for the IAAF.RelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term We’ve perfected measures to stop money laundering, terrorism financing — Lottery DG Malabu Oil deal violated money laundering laws – Witness tells court The Diacks both deny corruption.Tags: CorruptionIAAFJAILLamine DiackMoney launderinglast_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan injury, rain dominate India’s build-up vs New Zealand

first_imghighlights For New Zealand, their real examination begins now. They had a convincing win against Sri Lanka and scrapped over the line against Bangladesh. A convincing win against Afghanistan will put them in good stead but against India, they will have to be on top of their game at all times. Trent Boult, who bowled a brilliant spell in both of New Zealand’s wins against India in Hamilton and in the warm-up at The Oval, will be vital. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have operated brilliantly.The batting, which was a problem in the home series, will be put to a big test against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah. With the pitch offering extra bounce, the Indian team might be tempted to try out Mohammed Shami in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Team combinationsWith Shikhar Dhawan ruled out, KL Rahul will open the batting with Rohit Sharma. With Shankar in that position, Kohli’s side has more options. Shami’s inclusion will be good on a seaming deck while the Kiwis might want to keep the same team.India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahNew Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultWho will win?India has a much-better bowling and batting line-up than New Zealand. However, if the pitch offers seam movement and if the weather remains overcast, then New Zealand hold the edge.Weather and pitchThe weather is not good on match day in Trent Bridge. The practice sessions were abandoned due to persistent rain and there are fears that the match can be truncated.StatisticsNew Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head advantage against India in World Cups. However, the most interesting stat is India have lost all three of their previous World Cup encounters against New Zealand in England.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team has shown they are worthy contenders to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when they put in a clinical performance against Australia. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and the bowlers put in a fine performance and India won the match by 36 runs. What should have been a great moment and a stepping stone for further success in the tournament has now been marred by two factors. India’s next game against New Zealand in Trent Bridge is under a rain cloud. However, the major concern for the team is Shikhar Dhawan’s thumb injury, which has ruled him out of the next two games against Pakistan and Afghanistan in addition to the game against New Zealand.India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said Dhawan will take close to 10-12 days to recover and Vijay Shankar is being viewed as one of the options. With no official replacement being named and Rishabh Pant brought in as cover, the game against New Zealand gives India plenty of options to test their bench strength. With Shankar’s addition, the bowling and the batting get an added boost. India has never beaten New Zealand in World Cup clashes in England.New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head advantage against India in World Cups.In overall ICC encounters, New Zealand has a 7-3 advantage against India.last_img read more

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Betfred purchases 3% share in William Hill

first_img StumbleUpon Taking advantage of its growing market share across the US, Betfred owner Fred Done has acquired a 3.03% share in rival bookmaker William Hill.The move comes after Betfred has continued to expand across the post-PASPA market, having recently launched sportsbooks in both Colorado and Iowa, as well as securing an agreement with Scientific Games to go live in Pennsylvania.Betfred was also named as an official sponsor of the fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on 22 February, whereby the independent bookmaker saw its branding feature prominently in the ring.Done, who did not reveal whether he had plans to increase his stake in William Hill, told the Racing Post: “I’ve bought Hills shares because they are massively undervalued and in my opinion when it comes to the US they are front-runners.”Following the announcement, shares in William Hill climbed one point, rising 4.55p above their closing price on Friday before dropping by approximately 3% to 129.45p on Monday afternoon.During 2019, William Hill US handled $2.9bn of gross amounts wagered, either directly or indirectly, 55% of which was placed through online channels.As confirmed in its full-year 2019 results, the operator revealed that it has handled one in four bets across the US, having gone live in 9 of the fourteen states which have legalised sports betting. Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020last_img read more

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