IOC Suspends Frank Fredericks Over French Corruption Charges

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Former Olympic sprinter Frank Fredericks has been suspended as a member of the International Olympic Committee after being charged with corruption and money laundering in connection with a French investigation into bribery allegations in the 2016 Olympic host city vote.

Fredericks stands accused of accepting a $300,000 payment the day Rio de Janeiro was chosen to host the 2016 Olympic games in 2009.

The money allegedly came from a Brazilian businessman and was paid to Fredericks via the son of Lamine Diack, then a senior IOC member and president of track and field’s governing body. Both Diacks are under investigation by French prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption case.

On Friday, prosecutors in Paris announced preliminary charges against Fredericks of passive corruption and money laundering.

Fredericks has denied wrongdoing since French daily Le Monde reported the allegation in March, claiming the money was for consultancy work in athletics.

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