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By Chineze Ogugua

Four-time Namibian Olympic silver medalist Frankie Fredericks has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on charges of money laundering and corruption.

Frankie Fredericks

Fredericks was accused by French authorities of accepting a bribe of $299,300 from the son of ex-IAAF president Lamine Diack when Rio won the vote to host the 2016 Olympics.

In a statement released today by the executive board of the IOC:

“Considering the gravity and urgency of the situation and its impact on the reputation of the IOC, the IOC executive board decides to suspend Mr Frank Fredericks from all the rights, prerogatives and functions deriving from his quality as an IOC member.”

The 50-year old who won Olympic silver medals in the 100m and 200m at both Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 and a gold in the 200m at the World Championships in 1993, was provisionally suspended from the IAAF in July, when the organisation’s Athletic Integrity Unit opened an investigation into the matter.

Fredericks in response has claimed the money to be a legitimate payment for consultancy and promotional work for athletics’ governing body.

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