Athletics: Ex-IAAF chief says Russia meddled in Senegal vote: sources

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Former world athletics chief Lamine Diack, suspected of accepting Russian bribes in return for covering up positive drug tests, says Moscow poured cash into Senegal's 2012 presidential campaign to help influence the result, sources close to the case said Friday. Diack said Russia gave $1.6 million to "associations and spheres of influence" in his native Senegal ahead of the vote in a bid to help prevent the re-election of Abdoulaye Wade, a source told AFP, confirming a report in Le Monde. The payments were allegedly made via Valentin Balakhnishev, former president of the Russian Athletics Federation and ex-treasurer of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The election was won by Macky Sall in March 2012. "It was necessary at the time to win the 'battle of Dakar' -- that is, change those who were in power in my country Senegal," Diack said, according to taped legal interviews.

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