Future host cities of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships could be stripped of the events if allegations of corruption are proven, the sport’s governing body have warned after reports emerged that French prosecutors are investigating the awarding of several editions of the competition.
An IAAF spokesperson told insidethegames that if there is evidence to show the “bidding process for future events has been tampered with, we will review and, if required, rebid”.
Reuters reported the French probe does not just centre on the 2021 World Championships, awarded to Eugene without a bidding process, but also the four editions before that were the subject of an investigation.
They claimed that prosecutors are looking into possible bribery regarding decisions to give the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 events to Moscow, Beijing, London and Doha respectively.
It was announced in December 2015 that French prosecutors were investigating how Eugene won the rights for the 2021 IAAF World Championships.
The unnamed source also claimed six current and former members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), including disgraced ex-IAAF President, Lamine Diack and Namibia’s Frankie Fredericks, were “suspected of receiving payments in exchange for their votes on sporting events”.
It is alleged that both Lamine and his son, Papa Massata Diack are at the heart of the accusations and the resulting enquiry.