POSTED: March 3rd 2017

Olympics: Fredericks cooperating with IOC Ethics Commission over bribes allegations

Frankie Fredericks in Copenhagen when Rio won the 2016 Games © Getty Images
Frankie Fredericks in Copenhagen when Rio won the 2016 Games © Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) News broke this morning in Le Monde that an affluent Brazilian business man paid US$1.5 million to a company set up by the son of the former athletics chief, Lamine Diack, that also included Namibian track athlete and IOC member Frank Fredericks.

Fredericks has contacted the IOC in order to collaborate with the Ethics Commission to clarify himself and the payment that was made on the day of the vote for the 2016 Games in Copenhagen, Denmark on October 2, 2009, where he was serving as scrutineer of the voting. He currently is in charge of the IOC 2024 Evaluation Commission that is overseeing bids from Los Angeles and Paris.

French investigators discovered that Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho, a wealthy Brazilian businessman, is linked to Matlock Capital Group who made the payments.

Le Monde reports that: Three days before, Pamodzi Consulting, a company founded by Papa Massata Diack, received a 1,5 million dollars payment from Matlock Capital Group, a holding company based in the British Virgin Islands. Papa Massata Diack also received from Matlock Capital Group, at the same period, 500 000 dollars, transferred to a bank account in Russia, according to our informations.

The story can be accessed here: 

Mark Adams, IOC spokesman, issued a statement today: "The IOC has taken note of the serious allegations made in the French newspaper Le Monde regarding the vote to select the host city of the Olympic Games 2016. The IOC is "Partie Civile" to the ongoing procedure initiated by the French Judicial authorities against former IAAF President Mr Lamine Diack and his son Papa Massata Diack, the then marketing consultant of the IAAF. The IOC remains fully committed to clarifying this situation, working in cooperation with the prosecutor. This cooperation has already led to the fact that Mr Lamine Diack, who was previously an IOC Honorary Member, has not held any function within the IOC since November 2015. The IOC will be contacting the French Judicial authorities again in order to receive information on which the article in Le Monde appears to be based.

 As far as Mr Fredericks is concerned, he informed the IOC and explained the situation and emphasised his innocence immediately upon being contacted by the journalist. The IOC trusts that Mr Fredericks will bring all the elements to prove his innocence against these allegations made by Le Monde.

 According to Mr Fredericks, the alleged payment was made by Pamodzi Sports Consulting, which was run by Papa Massata Diack and in connection with the promotion, development of sporting properties in connection with the IAAF Marketing Programme, IAAF events and the marketing of the African Athletics Programme 2007/2011. Mr Fredericks had a marketing contract with Pamodzi Sports Consulting running from 2007 to 2011. He turned to the IAAF Ethics Commission already yesterday.

Immediately after a link was made between this contractual payment and the vote for the host city of the Olympic Games 2016, Mr Fredericks himself also turned to the IOC Ethics Commission which is now following up on all the allegations in order to fully clarify this matter." 

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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