Former track federation president Lamine Diack was sentenced on Wednesday to two years in prison for his role in a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended for doping.
The guilty verdict in a Paris court represented a spectacular fall from grace for the 87-year-old Diack, who was the powerful head of the IAAF from 1999-2015. The court also sentenced Diack to another two years of suspended jail time and fined him 500,000 euros ($590,000).
Diack was found guilty of multiple corruption charges and of breach of trust but acquitted of a money laundering charge.
At Diack’s trial in June, prosecutors requested a four-year jail term and a fine of 500,000 euros ($590,000).
Diack’s son, Papa Massata Diack, was also on trial. The former IAAF…