IOC suspends Frankie Fredericks following corruption charge

Fredericks claims the money was legitimate payment for consultancy and promotional work for athletics' governing body.

FILE: This file photo taken on 29 July 2012 shows former Olympic athlete representative Frankie Fredericks. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Olympic silver medallist Frankie Fredericks has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after being charged with money laundering and corruption.

Fredericks, 50, was charged by the French authorities last week.

According to the BBC, he was accused of accepting a bribe of $299,300 from the son of former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lamine Diack when Rio won the vote to host the 2016 Olympics.

The IOC suspended him on Tuesday.

“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 IOC said in a statement.

Fredericks claims the money was legitimate payment for consultancy and promotional work for athletics' governing body.

He won Olympic silver medals in the 100m and 200m at both the 1992 Games in Barcelona and at Atlanta in 1996. He also won gold in the 200m at the World Championships in 1993.

Fredericks was the chair of the 2024 Olympic bid evaluation committee when the allegations were made, but stepped down in March following the accusations.