9 Dec 2011

Two sports bosses sanctioned by IOC

1:50 pm on 9 December 2011

World athletics chief Lamine Diack has received a warning and African football boss Issa Hayatou has been reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee for receiving payments from a defunct firm at the heart of a corruption affair.

Joao Havelange, president of world football governing body FIFA from 1974-1998 and an IOC member for 48 years, resigned this week with the IOC shelving a probe into the 95-year-old's alleged links with FIFA's former marketing agency International Sport and Leisure.

Diack and Hayatou admitted to the IOC's ethics commission they had received payments from ISL in 1993 and 1995 respectively but the IOC says those did not constitute a bribe.

ISL went bankrupt in 2001 with debts of around $400 million.

Neither Diack nor Hayatou were IOC members at the time and the decision doesn't affect their duties or rights within the IOC.