Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Doha Bids Referred over Bribe Accusation; ATHLETICS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Doha Bids Referred over Bribe Accusation; ATHLETICS

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TWO bids by Qatar's capital Doha for the 2017 and 2019 world ath letics championships have been referred to the IAAF's ethics com mission following allegations of "brown envelopes" and bribe demands, UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner has revealed.

Warner, giving evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee in London, disclosed that he had been told of the refer rals by the IAAF.

However, he refused to reveal the names of the "very senior IAAF person" who told him of reports of brown envelopes of cash being handed out just before the vote for the 2017 world cham pionships, which London won ahead of Doha. Doha was subse quently awarded the 2019 event. Warner said: "I've had a num ber of discussions with the IAAF and they told me the 2017 and 2019 bids by Doha have been referred to their ethics commis sion." Earlier in January, Warner said: "On the night before the bid, a very senior person in the IAAF hierarchy told me and my bid team that certain members of the IAAF council were being called upstairs one by one to a hotel suite to be given a brown enve lope. …

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