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IAAF: No evidence of bribery attempts by Qatar or the UK

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will not be opening a bribery investigation into the bidding process for the 2017 world championships, officials have announced.

In January, UK Athletics Chairman Ed Warner claimed that “brown envelopes” were being handed out to IAAF Council members on the eve of the vote in 2011.

Qatar and the UK were both bidding for hosting rights to the track & field championships, and London eventually won.

IAAF President Seb Coe
IAAF President Seb Coe

However, the IAAF’s ethics board backed President Seb Coe, saying on Monday that it found no witnesses to support Warner’s statements.

The Guardian reports it as saying:

“The ethics board could not make such determination simply on the basis of any rumors that may have been circulating in or about November 2011 and nothing more.”

Though Qatar did not win hosting rights to the 2017 championships, it will be hosting the games in 2019.

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