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Tokyo Olympics 2020 consulting firm paid $3,70,000 to IOC official's son before and after Japan won bid
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 consulting firm paid $3,70,000 to IOC official's son before and after Japan won bid

Papa Massata denied the allegations, saying the money he received was related to a "sponsorship deal made in China. There is nothing to do with the Tokyo Olympics."

South African rights groups join Caster Semenya's battle against ban, vow to petition United Nations
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South African rights groups join Caster Semenya's battle against ban, vow to petition United Nations

The South African Human Rights Commission and the Commission for Gender Equality this week announced plans to petition the UN and AU, claiming the regulations constitute "gross human rights violations".

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption
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Former IAAF president Lamine Diack sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of corruption

Diack was found guilty of multiple corruption charges and of breach of trust but acquitted of a money laundering charge.

Olympic champion Caster Semenya barred from competitions unless she lowers testosterone level, rules Swiss court
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Olympic champion Caster Semenya barred from competitions unless she lowers testosterone level, rules Swiss court

The ruling means Caster Semenya cannot defend her Olympic 800m title at Tokyo 2020, or compete at any top meets in distances from 400m to the mile, unless she agrees to lower her testosterone level through medication or surgery.

Russia says World Athletics freeze over unpaid fine is 'catastrophic' decision for athletes
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Russia says World Athletics freeze over unpaid fine is 'catastrophic' decision for athletes

Yevgeny Yurchenko said World Athletics had ignored the impact of the coronavirus pandemic when it held Russia to a Wednesday deadline for payment, which was missed.

World Athletics freezes two Russia panels after track federation misses deadline to pay fine
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World Athletics freezes two Russia panels after track federation misses deadline to pay fine

Russia's track federation, known as RusAF, owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles.

Former World Athletics chief Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced to prison term, defence lawyers tell court
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Former World Athletics chief Lamine Diack will die in jail if sentenced to prison term, defence lawyers tell court

Lawyers for former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, who is on trial for corruption, on Thursday protested their client’s innocence and said the 87-year-old would die in jail if sentenced to a prison term.

Russia's sports ministry wants World Athletics to allow their athletes to compete even if $5 million fine isn't paid
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Russia's sports ministry wants World Athletics to allow their athletes to compete even if $5 million fine isn't paid

Russia edged closer to a new fight with World Athletics after the sports ministry said its leading athletes must be allowed to compete internationally even if a $5 million fine isn't paid.

Paris trial of ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack and son exposes dark backdrop of athletics' golden era
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Paris trial of ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack and son exposes dark backdrop of athletics' golden era

The grim picture emerging from the corruption trial of the Diacks in Paris shows how the thrilling era for track fans was poisoned behind the scenes by a father-son partnership at the top of the IAAF

Lamine Diack corruption trial: Former IAAF president says he should have been more vigilant
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Lamine Diack corruption trial: Former IAAF president says he should have been more vigilant

Diack is being tried on corruption, money laundering and breach of trust charges.

Former World Athletics head Lamine Diack says he slowed handling of Russian doping cases to save sponsorship deal
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Former World Athletics head Lamine Diack says he slowed handling of Russian doping cases to save sponsorship deal

Diack, 87, said he had not sought to protect the athletes caught up in the scandal, some of whom later competed in the London 2012 Olympics, but to ensure the cases did not come to public attention all at once

Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack's corruption case trial to begin on 8 June in Paris
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Former IAAF chief Lamine Diack's corruption case trial to begin on 8 June in Paris

Prosecutors allege Diack solicited 3.45 million euros ($3.89 million) from athletes suspected of doping to cover up the allegations and allow them to continue competing, including in the 2012 London Olympics.

IAAF suspends Indian shot putter Navin Chikara for four years for failing dope test
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IAAF suspends Indian shot putter Navin Chikara for four years for failing dope test

Chikara was banned for the presence and use of a prohibited substance and his four-year suspension starts from July 27, 2018, AIU said.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: 800-metres champion Caster Semenya switches to 200-metres in bid to run at Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: 800-metres champion Caster Semenya switches to 200-metres in bid to run at Games

Under World Athletics' testosterone regulations, Semenya and other female athletes with high natural testosterone are barred from races from 400 meters to one mile at top-level meets like the Olympics and world championships

Pole vaulter Armand Duplantis fails to breach 6.19metre mark eight days after setting new world record
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Pole vaulter Armand Duplantis fails to breach 6.19metre mark eight days after setting new world record

Armand Duplantis failed in three attempts at 6.19 metres, eight days after beating his own best mark to take the record to 6.18 metres.

World Athletics to tighten regulations on shoe technology after Nike's Vaporfly helps records tumble, say sources
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World Athletics to tighten regulations on shoe technology after Nike's Vaporfly helps records tumble, say sources

Nike, the world’s largest athletics clothing company, says Vaporfly shoes, which cost around $250 and have a lifespan of only around 200 miles, have “a built-in secret weapon that provides a propulsive sensation”.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Maria Lasitskene, Russia's high jump star braces for prospect of missing second Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Maria Lasitskene, Russia's high jump star braces for prospect of missing second Games

High jumper Maria Lasitskene, a three-time world champion, is getting a feeling of deja vu as she readies for the prospect of missing a second consecutive Olympics because of doping scandals at Russia’s athletics federation.

French judges postpone trial of ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack in Russian athletes doping corruption case
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French judges postpone trial of ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack in Russian athletes doping corruption case

The trial’s opening came five years after prosecutors began their investigation into Diack, from Senegal, who now lives under house arrest in Paris. Investigators have described a web of corruption that was rife in world athletics, including bribes and extortion to cover up positive drug tests.

Former IAAF president Lamine Diack's trial for doping corruption involving Russian athletes commences in Paris
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Former IAAF president Lamine Diack's trial for doping corruption involving Russian athletes commences in Paris

As IAAF president, Diack was one of the most influential men in Olympic sports, presiding over an era when Usain Bolt made track and field wildly popular. But Diack’s legacy, and the IAAF’s credibility, took a beating after he stepped down in 2015. He was arrested in France and investigators revealed accusations of athletes being squeezed for payments to cover up their doping cases.

World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe says athletics on course to challenge traditionally popular sports after 'year of innovation'
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World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe says athletics on course to challenge traditionally popular sports after 'year of innovation'

Taking stock of the year, which saw the successful hosting of the World Championships in Doha and the re-branding of the IAAF as World Athletics, Coe promised to ring in more changes in the coming years