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UK Athletics chairman: 'Doha championship bids to be investigated'

Wednesday, January 27 2016 by SNTV
  • Two bids by Qatar's capital Doha for the 2017 and 2019 world athletics championships have been referred to the IAAF's ethics commission following allegations of "brown envelopes" and bribe demands, UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner revealed on Tuesday (26 January).

    SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Warner, UK Athletics chairman:

    "They have told me that the 2017 and the 2019 bids by Qatar, or Doha, have now been referred to their ethics commission and I am delighted at that. So my next conversation is going to be with that ethics commission to lay out all that I heard at the time. I just think that it would be inappropriate for me to pre-empt that formal process now to talk through who said what to whom. But I will be laying that out for the ethics commission."

    SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Warner, UK Athletics chairman:

    "In the last few weeks and months, that we have heard that a Kenyan council member around the time of the 2019 bid received two cars allegedly from Doha. That Lamine Diack's son (Papa Massata Diack) was allegedly asking for five million dollars for the 2017 bid. No one said that he got it. These things have only come out recently and we have gone back and thought 'hang on a minute'. This rumour was going around that I put to the back of my mind, but now I am hearing these things - was it a fair race?"

    SOUNDBITE (English) Ed Warner, UK Athletics chairman:

    "Athletes picked for the (Great Britain) team in March, in the team members agreement, say if in future I am ever convicted of a serious doping offence, I am saying here and now I know I will be forfeiting my right ever to be picked for Britain again. I think that any sensible, clean athlete will have no problem when they have got the team members agreement under their nose signing that saying I am on the team for the World Indoor (Championships). If they are subsequently banned, then there is no way back for them."

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