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Disgraced ex-IAAF chief’s friends pay French bail

first_imgPayment of the bail will ensure he avoids being taken into custody.One of Diack’s sons, Papa Massata Diack, who worked as a marketing consultant at the IAAF until 2014, is also embroiled in the same affair.In a rare interview to private broadcaster RFM last December, Papa Massata Diack said he was ready to respond to the allegations but in Senegal as “I am a Senegalese citizen, not a French citizen.” In January, Senegal ruled out extraditing him to France.Senegalese media reports say Senegalese police interviewed Diack junior last February with some newspapers saying that questioning came independently of a French warrant issued against him.Last month, a French court ordered the release from police custody of a former legal adviser to Lamine Diack who had been placed under investigation in November 2015 after his lawyers successfully appealed his incarceration, insisting he was not a flight risk.Share on: WhatsApp Dakar, Senegal | AFP | Longstanding friends of former Senegalese world athletics boss Lamine Diack, who faces charges of corruption and taking bribes to cover up doping cases in Russia, have stumped up a bail payment of 500,000 euros ($550,000), his family said Monday.A statement seen by AFP in Dakar said a joint payment had been made by family members.Diack is accused of allowing corruption to flourish during his 1999 to 2015 stewardship of the International Association of Athletics (IAAF) until scandal ultimately blew track and field’s governing body apart. He has also been charged with money laundering and conspiracy.“A group of longstanding friends of president Lamine Diack … have got together to support this worthy son of Senegal as he undergoes this present tough ordeal. They have jointly paid the sum demanded by the French financial public prosecutor as bail, that is, 500,000 euros,” the statement said, without identifying those who had come to his aid.The statement said only that the payees include “international athletes, diplomats, retired high-ranking civil servants” as well as religious figures and businessmen from across Africa.“After an exhaustive 12-month investigation by French judges no sum has been found in Lamine Diack’s assets, either in Dakar, Paris, and still less in Monaco,” the statement by his family said, lambasting “harassment” of the former athletics’ chief.last_img read more

Chile beat Colombia on penalties to reach Copa semis

first_imgUntil then, Colombia had been the better side. On five minutes, a Radamel Falcao cushioned header found Roger Martinez but the forward wanted an extra touch and his goal-bound volley was charged down.James Rodriguez then had a free-kick in a dangerous position but failed to clear the defensive wall.Ospina made an incredible one-handed save on 12 minutes to keep out an Eduardo Vargas header from a Jose Fuenzalida cross, but it wouldn’t have counted anyway as the ball was deemed to have been out of play.Soon after the disallowed goal tempers flared as Sanchez squared up to Wilmar Barrios, only to then find himself face-to-face with Colombia’s giant center-back Yerry Mina.Chile were by now in control of proceedings and Maripan headed over from a Beausejour cross.The champions were buzzing and Mauricio Isla threaded a through ball to Vargas, whose shot was blocked by a sliding Mina.Chile were looking increasingly threatening as Sanchez fired wide, Fuenzalida had a shot blocked and Vidal went closest yet with a curler from 18 yards.– VAR saves Colombia again –Colombia made a bright opening to the second period as Rodriguez curled a free-kick into the side-netting and Juan Cuadrado sliced well wide on a rapier counter-attack.Ospina was having a jittery performance and needed two attempts to gather a long range Vargas strike.The best chance of the match came on the hour when Aranguiz slipped in Sanchez behind the defence but under pressure from a backtracking Davinson Sanchez, the Manchester United forward sliced his shot horribly wide.When Chile had the ball in the net again on 70 minutes after Vidal fired home through a forest of legs into the far corner, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana again signaled to VAR and Colombia were reprieved for the second time.Chile continued to boss proceedings right to the end but in the shoot-out it was third time lucky as not even VAR could deny them victory this time.Share on: WhatsApp Chile players celebrate after defeating Colombia in a penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw in their Copa America quarter-final matchSao Paulo, Brazil | AFP | Champions Chile maintained their hopes of a third straight Copa America victory after beating Colombia on penalties on Friday to reach the semi-finals.Chile could have won the game in normal time but had two goals ruled out for marginal decisions in a scoreless draw, before Alexis Sanchez stroked home the winning spot-kick.It was just rewards for the champions after dominating a match in which Colombia held on thanks to a couple of tight VAR calls.Charles Aranguiz had a goal ruled out in the first half for a marginal offside against Sanchez in the build up to the move.And after Arturo Vidal shot low into the far corner on 70 minutes, that was chalked off for a handball against Guillermo Maripan, who had teed up the Barcelona midfielder.Following eight successful penalties, William Tesillo casually put his effort wide for Colombia, leaving Sanchez to be the hero, as the Manchester United forward continues to make up in Brazil for a dreadful club season.“We dominated practically the whole match. It was a great match against a team with a lot of quality,” said Vidal.“We scored two goals that unfortunately VAR annulled. We deserved to have won in normal time, we couldn’t, but we managed to score the five penalties and went into the next round.”They will face either Uruguay, who beat them 1-0 in the group stages on Monday, or Peru in Wednesday’s semi-final in Porto Alegre.“Penalties are more in the hands of God than the players, that’s the way they’ve always been and always will be,” moaned Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz.– Chile bemused –The first half was dominated by Chile’s 16th minute goal being controversially disallowed.Jean Beausejour made a surging, overlapping run down the left and his inviting cross was spilled by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina after Davinson Sanchez got in his way, allowing Aranguiz to nip in and slot home from a tight angle.But much to the bemusement of many watching, the referee consulted VAR and the goal was chalked off for the most marginal of offsides.last_img read more

League Championships concludes Nelson Curling Club Season

first_imgThe Nelson Curling Club put a ribbon on a great season at the Heritage City facility with its annual Club Championship Saturday.Champions were crowned in the Ladies, Men’s and Mixed Leagues.Marla Dreher edged out Allison Sutherland to claim the Ladies League title.Dreher, third Deena Cownden, second Shadow Biln and lead Gloria Beecham defeated the Sutherland rink of third Deirdre Lang, Tracey Mozel and lead Sheila Ryan. In Men’s Final, Brett McLellan put a steal of three on the board in the fifth end to double Fred Thomson 6-3.McLellan added another steal of one in the sixth end to build the insurmountable lead.Team McLellan included third Chris Osborne, second Devon Duncan and lead Shane Learmont.Team Thomson included third Kevin Thompson, second Chad Staten and led Eric Thompson.For the final spares Jamie Tedesco and Corey Anderson filled in for the Thomson rink.In the Mixed League Final, Rick Cutler needed an extra end to lead his rink to a win over Team Douglas.The Cutler rink includes Cutler, third Jana Bidwell, second Mike Brennan and lead Danyell Rosenbaum.Peter Douglas is the skip, Karen McGinnis is third, Tammy Douglas is the second and Andy Gullen is lead on Team Douglas.last_img read more