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IOC asks Senegal to cooperate in Diack investigation

AFP  |  Paris 

has formally requested cooperates with French judicial authorities investigating at the heart of international athletics, sources have told AFP.

Investigators are particularly keen that Papa Massa Diack, son of the former IAAF and himself a to the federation, should answer questions.

In a letter seen by AFP sent to the Senegalese on November 16, said that investigating magistrate, Renaud van Ruymbeke, "told us of the difficulties he has come up against in the execution of the two investigation letters addressed to the

"The commitment of your government (...) would be particularly appreciated," added Bach, who asked that action be taken as quickly as possible.

Papa -- known as PMD -- is suspected of having received several million euros of bribes, either for sponsorship contracts or to favour the and nominations for the 2016 and 2020

PMD has been on Interpol's most wanted list since December 2015 but is sheltering in as the refuses to extradite him to

"This total ongoing absence of cooperation from is hindering the smooth conduct of the investigation," van Ruymbeke told

Van Ruymbeke said that his request for PMD's was a "dead letter".

The Senegalese judiciary previously conducted its own investigation and said it would not extradite one of its nationals.

Lamine Diack, who is forbidden to leave France, was of the governing body of global athletics from 1999 until his arrest in in 2015.

He was charged at the time with taking millions of dollars to cover up failed Russian doping tests along with two other IAAF officials. In June he was also charged with favouring his son in negotiations over sponsorship and TV rights.

In October was awarded the 2022 Youth

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 19:10 IST