Prosecutors request four-year jail term for ex-IAAF President Diack

first_img Loading… French prosecutors have requested that disgraced former International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) President Lamine Diack be sentenced to four years in prison and fined €500,000 (£448,000/$562,000). Lamine Diack again told his corruption trial that he had no idea what his son was up to Diack is on trial in Paris for corruption, influence-trafficking and laundering money. Le Monde reports that prosecutors made the request on what is expected to be the penultimate day of the trial. A €500,000 fine would be the maximum amount permitted. Earlier this week, Diack admitted that he “unquestionably” should have been more vigilant during his time at the helm of the organisation. The Senegalese official was also unable to explain why his son – co-defendant Papa Massata Diack – and associated companies transferred €600,000 (£539,000/$679,000) into his bank account between 2011 and 2015. The 87-year-old was IAAF President from 1999 until 2015 and an International Olympic Committee member between 1999 and 2013 but stood down as an honorary member in 2015 following his arrest. Diack has been under house arrest since November 2015, suggesting the chances of him serving time inside a prison are low. Papa Massata Diack, who handled valuable marketing rights for the IAAF, allegedly making millions of euros in “exorbitant” and illegal commissions, has refused to be extradited from Senegal so is being tried in absentia. He is alleged to have siphoned off €10 million (£9 million/$11.3 million) in one instance alone, when Russian bank VTB made a payment of €29 million (£26.1 million/$32.8 million) to sponsor the IAAF – since rebranded as World Athletics – from 2007 to 2011 but the International Federation only received €19 million (£17.1 million/$21.5 million). Prosecutors have requested a five-year prison sentence and €500,000 fine for the younger Diack. Given that the prosecution has been unable to extradite him to France, again the chances of him spending any time in a French prison would appear slim. Ex-advisor Habib Cissé and Gabriel Dollé – the former anti-doping chief at the IAAF – are also standing trial, and so too former Russian Athletics Federation President Valentin Balakhnichev and Alexei Melnikov, the former head distance coach of the Russian national team. read also:Lamine Diack pleads ignorance as absent son looms over IAAF trial It is alleged that Diack diverted Russian funds to political campaigns in his native Senegal, including Macky Sall’s Presidential bid in 2012, in exchange for the IAAF anti-doping arm burying offences by Russian athletes. Sall won the 2012 election and remains the President of Senegal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Thunderstorms, Gusty Winds and Hail Possible in South Florida Sunday

first_imgThey should begin to dissipate at around sunset.On Monday, the area will have sunny skies with no rain chances. Temperatures will be in in the upper 70s to around 80 degrees as the week begins. Thunderstorms are likely to once again develop across South Florida on Sunday afternoon, with a higher hail threat than normal, forecasters say.Showers and a few thunderstorms with gusty winds will become widespread as the day progresses. As the storms move into an area of moisture and storm fuel, the threat of hail may increase.The storms are likely to appear and become strong to severe between the around noon and 4 p.m.last_img read more

Neptunes back in water, earn fourth at opening meet of KSSA season

first_imgThe Nelson Neptunes are back!Following a one-season hiatus due to renovations at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, the Heritage City club experienced its first action as the Neptunes hosted the first meet of the 2014 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season this past weekend in Nelson.“For the Neptunes it was highly successful, placing fourth place out of eight teams in total, but more importantly, the amount of improvement seen by all swimmers was excellent,” said Neptune coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.Castlegar Aquanauts dominated the meet winning going away with 636 points.Surprising Grand Forks was second with 318 points followed by Trail at 255 and host Neptunes at 246.Kimberley, Revelstoke, Creston and Colville, Wash., rounded out the field.Individually, Sage Cowan who won gold in Division six girls to lead Nelson.Coach Cynthia Pfeiffer also topped the podium in Division eight girls while Afford was third.Morgan Roberston-Weir, in Division one girls, Cameron Bibby-Fox, in Division two boys, Ohia Wintraub in Division four girls and Olivia Cowan, in Division five girls, all won bronze medals.Riley Andursak set meet records for Nelsonin 25-meter freestyle, 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter butterfly while teammate Lachlan Bibby-Fox set a new mark in 25-meter backstroke. “We were very happy with all the swimmers enthusiasm and effort this weekend and we know that this will be carried through the rest of the summer,” Rebecca Afford said.Neptune results — Top Three Finishes:Rebecca Afford – Division 8200IM 3rd (2:48.65)50 Freestyle 1st (30.27)100 Breaststroke 1st (1:22.26)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:08.11)Riley Andrusak – 6 and under25 Freestyle 1st (22.80)25 Butterfly 1st (29.95)25 Backstroke 1st (26.20)25 Breaststroke 1st (34.45)Cameron Bibby-Fox – Division 250 Butterfly 3rd (1:07.00)50 Breaststroke 2nd (1:10.08)Lachlan Bibby-Fox – 6 and under25 Freestyle 1st (29.36)25 Butterfly 2nd (43.76)25 Backstroke 1st (31.20)25 Breaststroke 3rd (48.55)Joanna Blishen – Division 5100 Butterfly 2nd (1:37.16)Imogen Cowan – Division 1100 IM 3rd (2:05.80)Sage Cowan – Division 6 200 IM 1st (2:57.07)100 Butterfly 2nd (1:24.41)100 Backstroke 2nd (1:22.84)50 Butterfly 2nd (36.16)100 Freestyle 2nd (1:10.94)Olivia Cowan – Division 5200 IM 2nd (3:03.86)100 Backstroke 2nd (1:23.90)50 Butterfly 3rd (36.84)Locke Finley – Division 2100 Freestyle 3rd (1:53.91)Hunter Hedges – Division 150 Freestyle 3rd (50.82)50 Backstroke 2nd (59.20)Matthew Holitzki – Division 4200 IM 3rd (3:11.48)100 Breaststroke 3rd (1:39.53)kMakena Janzen – 6 and under25 Breaststroke 3rd (45.76)Hannah Malenfant – Division 4200 IM 3rd (3:20.50)100 Backstroke 3rd (1:33.80)Cynthia Pfeiffer – Division 8200 IM 1st (2:42.52)50 Freestyle 3rd (30.44)100 Butterfly 2nd (1:18.59)100 Backstroke 1st (1:11.55)50 Butterfly 2nd (33.68)100 Freestyle 2nd (1:06.25)Morgan Robertson-Weir – Division 150 Butterfly 2nd (1:03.00)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:52.09Nava Sachs – Division 5100 Breaststroke 3rd (1:38.89)Ohia Wintraub – Division 450 Freestyle 3rd (34.31)50 Butterfly 3rd (37.41)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:18.56)last_img read more

Davies powers Nitros past Nelson Leafs

first_imgKorbyn Chabot tied the game a 1-1 with a marker early in the second before Davies notched the winner.The Leafs, despite out shooting the defending Kootenay Conference Champs 34-28 in the game and 15-6 during the opening period, struggled once again to score goals. Over the last three games Nelson has scored just six times.Nelson, 8-6-0-0-1, falls to five points behind Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Beaver Valley won its seventh straight game, scoring three times in the second period to edge Creston 3-2 in the East Kootenay City. Devin Nemes netted the winner, snapping a 2-2 tie.Beaver Valley visits the Leafs as Nelson concludes a three-game road trip Tuesday in Grand Forks.Game time Friday is 7 p.m. Matt Davies scored with six minutes left in the game to snap a 1-1 tie and power the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday night in the Bavarian City.The game was the first of a weekend series against Eddie Mountain opposition for the Green and White.Nelson travels to Creston Saturday to face the Thunder Cats.Nelson opened the scoring five minutes into the contest when Andy Fitzpatrick scored his seventh goal of the season.last_img read more

Nelson Nordic, Whitewater Ski Club host swap weekend

first_img According to coach Karen Redfern, “properly waxed skis make a huge difference for skiers of all abilities, but it’s often neglected because it can be messy and inconvenient.”Redfern also says that all skis benefit from waxing and even waxless or scale skis need the tips and tails waxed for optimal performance. During the swap, skiers can have their skis waxed during the annual Nordic ski swap for a suggested donation of only $10.       The clinic is a fundraiser for the Nelson Nordic Track Attack and Junior Racers program and will be run by parents and athletes.The club will have several stations set up for short waiting times, and apply a general hot wax suitable for conditioning skis and average temperatures. Are you ready for some skiing — downhill or nordic?The Nelson Nordic Ski Club and Whitewater Ski Team are hosting respective ski swaps Saturday and Sunday.The Nelson Nordic Ski Team kicks off the swap weekend with its Ski Swap and Annual General Meeting Saturday at the Nelson Rod and Gun Club at 801 Railway Street.Re-sale items can be dropped off from 9-10 a.m. The AGM follows at 10 a.m. with the swap running from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.center_img Sunday, at Hume School Gymnasium, the 25th annual Whitewater Ski Team Ski and Snowboard Swap is being held from 12:30-3 p.m.Entrance is by donation. Ski, snowboard, telemark & touring gear and clothing can be dropped off from 9-11 a.m.Proceeds to toward the Whitewater Ski Team, a ski racing club dedicated to building life long skiers in a positive, fun and supportive learning environment.The goal of the club is to instill passion in young skiers, develop excellent skiing skills in all terrain and conditions, as well as building self confidence, respect for the mountains, and respect for their peers.Check out the Whitewater Ski Club on its Facebook Page.last_img read more