Paris - Athletics' world body has decided not to investigate
bribery claims against Qatar after a preliminary probe failed to find anything
more than "rumours" surrounding bidding for the 2017 world
The IAAF was acting on testimony from UK Athletics chief Ed
Warner that the world body's then vice-president, and now president Sebastian
Coe had told him Qatari delegates were handing out cash-stuffed "brown
envelopes" before members cast their votes in 2011.
But the body's ethics board said Coe, when questioned,
couldn't remember hearing the rumour or making the comment, and that nobody
present had corroborated Warner's claim.
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"To date, none of the respondents have had any relevant
evidence corroborative of Mr. Warner's recollection or relevant to the alleged
factual matters the subject of the purported rumour," a statement said.
London won the vote to host the 2017 world championships,
while Qatar will hold the following edition in 2019 after coming out on top in
a ballot in 2014.
Qatar was also embroiled in corruption allegations
surrounding its successful bid to host the football World Cup in 2022.
A World Anti-Doping Agency report in January claimed that
"corruption was embedded" in the IAAF, whose former president Lamine
Diack has been charged with corruption, money-laundering and conspiracy.For
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