Frankie Fredericks quits as 2024 Olympics chief amid corruption probe

Fredericks strongly denied any wrongdoing in accepting nearly $300,000 (283,000 euros) around the day that Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Olympics.

Published: 07th March 2017 04:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2017 04:51 PM   |  A+A-

Namibian former athlete Frank Fredericks, right, as he takes a look on the Wembley Pitch with Sebastian Coe during a visit by the International Olympic Committee to Wembley Stadium in London. (File photo | AP)

Namibian former athlete Frank Fredericks, right, as he takes a look on the Wembley Pitch with Sebastian Coe during a visit by the International Olympic Committee to Wembley Stadium in London. (File photo | AP)

By AFP

SWITZERLAND: Former sprinter Frankie Fredericks quit on Tuesday as head of the IOC commission monitoring candidates for the 2024 Olympics amid a probe into money he accepted from a sports marketing chief accused of corruption.

Fredericks strongly denied any wrongdoing in accepting nearly $300,000 (283,000 euros) around the day that Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Olympics.

But he added in a statement: "Nonetheless I have personally decided that it is in the best interests of a good functioning of the International Olympic Committee Candidature process that I step aside as chairperson of the 2024 Evaluation Commission, because it is essential that the important work my colleagues are doing is seen as being carried out in a truthful and fair manner."

The Namibian athletics great went on: "I do not wish to become a distraction from this great contest."

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