Four-time Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks of Namibia has stepped down from a key role at athletics’ world governing body after corruption claims.
IAAF council member Fredericks, also a member of the International Olympic Committee, has left a taskforce helping Russia as it tries to gain readmission to international competition.
His decision comes after French paper Le Monde claimed the former sprinter received a payment days before voting on the 2016 Olympics host city – allegations he denies.
The IOC says it is investigating the allegations.
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.”
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