Former President of the International Association of athletics federations Lamine Diack said that the former head of the Russian athletics Federation Valentin Balakhnichev has helped him find 1.5 million euros for the election campaign of a candidate for President of Senegal Macky Sallah, according to Le Monde.
In exchange, the head of the IAAF helped to hide data about the use of Russian athletes doping.
«I said that it was necessary to win the «battle of Dakar». Then the Russian athletes had problems with possible disqualification. We decided to help them, instead of getting help from Russia. Balakhnichev all organized, and the financial side of the question dealt with my son’s father Massat deacon. A written agreement between us. I just said that to win elections we need about 1.5 million Euro. Balakhnichev said, «No problem, we will try to resolve this issue», — quotes the words of Diack «Sport Express».
Valentin Balakhnichev called the information published in the French edition, stupidity, informs RIA «news».