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Fredericks leaves 2024 Olympic bid role, waives vote


              FILE - This is a Tuesday, May 20, 2008  file photo of Namibian former athlete Frank Fredericks, right, as he  takes a look on the Wembl...

              FILE - This is a Thursday Aug. 1, 1996 file photo of  Frankie Fredericks of Namibia, right, wearing his silver medal with  Michael John...

FILE - This is a Tuesday, May 20, 2008 file photo of Namibian former athlete Frank Fredericks, right, as he takes a look on the Wembl...

FILE - This is a Thursday Aug. 1, 1996 file photo of Frankie Fredericks of Namibia, right, wearing his silver medal with Michael John...

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC member Frank Fredericks has stepped down from his role overseeing the 2024 Olympic bidding process after a $300,000 payment from a banned track official was revealed.

Fredericks says "Paris and Los Angeles are presenting two fantastic candidatures and I do not wish to become a distraction."

The Namibian sprinter, a four-time Olympic silver medalist, says stepping aside as IOC evaluation chairman is "in the best interests" of the bidding process.

Fredericks would have led an April 23-25 visit to Los Angeles.

He also will skip the September hosting vote.

Last Friday, Fredericks said he contacted the IOC Ethics Commission ahead of French daily Le Monde reporting that a company linked to him was paid $299,300 on Oct. 2, 2009, the day Rio de Janeiro won 2016 Olympic hosting rights.

Fredericks denies wrongdoing.


Updated : 2021-07-26 01:05 GMT+08:00