Frankie Fredericks: IAAF official quits two roles over corruption claim

Frankie Fredericks
Frankie Fredericks carried the Olympic torch on its journey to Rio 2016

Four-time Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks has stepped down from two key administrative roles after corruption claims.

IAAF council member Fredericks has quit as head of the evaluation commission for the 2024 Games, having already left a taskforce helping Russia return to international competition.

His decision comes after French paper Le Monde claimedexternal-link the former Namibia sprinter received a payment days before voting on the 2016 Olympics host city, allegations he denies.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is investigating the claims.

As head of the IOC evaluation commission, Fredericks was to lead an inspection visit to 2024 candidate cities Los Angeles and Paris.

Regarding his IAAF role, the 49-year-old said he was stepping down so as not to be a distraction, adding: "It is important that the taskforce's mission is seen as free and fair with no outside influence."

The IAAF says Fredericks' place on the five-person taskforce has been taken by IAAF Athletes' Commission chairperson Rozle Prezelj.

Russia's athletes were banned last year following the McLaren report, which outlined a state-sponsored doping programme.

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