The crisis may spread to IOC

French prosecutors are now investigating the voting processes for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The crisis may spread to IOC
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The crisis in the world of athletics can spread to the International Olympic Committee. According to the British newspaper The Guardian French prosecutors investigating corruption in world athletics now include the bidding and voting processes for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.
According to French sources the former management in IAAF had appeared to arrange for ‘parcels’ to six IOC members in 2008 at the time when Qatar was bidding for the Olympics 2016. Sources say the former president in IAAF and IOC member, Lamine Diack, was the man who arranged the contact between the six IOC members and Qatar. Qatar has denied any wrongdoing. Possible wrongdoing in the 2020 race refers to the fact that Lamine Diack switched from Istanbul to Tokyo as host for the Olympics when a Japanese sponsor signed a deal with the IAAF. Tokyo has denied any wrongdoing.
The French prosecutors are pursuing those they believe to have been involved in the IAAF corruption – and now apparently involved in IOC corruption. They investigate the bidding races for the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, the 2019 edition in Doha and the 2021 event in Eugene.  Lamine Diack and his son are at the center of this examination.