International Olympic Committee disciplines two senior figures

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Two of the most senior figures in world sport have been disciplined by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for taking cash payments from the collapsed sports marketing company ISL.

Issa Hayatou, a FIFA vice-president and head of African football, was sanctioned with a reprimand.

Lamine Diack, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), was not sanctioned but was given a warning. IOC president Jacques Rogge confirmed the action but refused to comment on former FIFA president Joao Havelange resigning as an IOC member last week before the IOC’s ethics commission’s decision on him.

On Hayatou, the ethics commission’s written decision says he was given 100,000 French francs (£10,000) in cash in 1995. He has stated it was given for the 40th anniversary celebrations for the Confederation of African Football (CAF). To back this up he presented a certificate from the CAF finance director .

The decision stated: “The ethics commission observes that Mr Issa Hayatou personally received a cash payment from ISL, which was, at that time, a marketing partner of FIFA, of which he was vice-president. Although he personally did not sign the contract, he could not be unaware of its existence.

“It noted that the documents produced by the person concerned, drawn up a long time after receipt of the funds, do not guarantee that the payments were indeed made into the CAF accounts.

On Diack, the written decision noted that three cash payments were made in 1993 for USD20,000, USD10,000 and 30,000 French francs (about USD5,000) by ISL executive Jean-Marie Weber.

The written decision noted that: “Diack said these were in order to meet the costs caused by a fire at his house started on March 13, 1993 for political reasons. He [Diack] stated that these donations attested to the friendship of Mr Weber and were not given in return for anything or for any undertaking.”