Lamine Diack: The Pride of a Continent

  • Claude Boli


This chapter deals with the extraordinary destiny of Lamine Diack, the first black African head of an important international sport institution, the International Association of Athletics Federations and an influential member of the International Olympic Committee. This is a portrait of a product of the French system education in the colonies, a particularly gifted athlete in the late fifties as a footballer, then as high jumper with French and Senegalese team (after the independence of this country in 1960). He achieved a remarkable political career (Minister of sport, Mayor of Dakar) and also an incredible rise within sport international institutions (President of African Athletic Confederation, member of the International Olympic Committee). Lamine Diack was the pride of a continent until his fall in one the biggest scandal in the history of world sport.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.De Montfort UniversityLeicesterUK

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