Former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) chief Lamine Diack has resigned his position as an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after being provisionally suspended as investigations continue into allegations that he accepted €1m in bribes to cover up positive doping tests by Russian athletes.
The 82-year-old, who took charge of track and field's world governing body for 16 years before being succeeded by Lord Sebastian Coe in August, has also stood down as president of the International Athletics Foundation (IAF).
Diack's resignations come just two days after an independent commission launched by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) revealed the findings of its 11-month investigation into allegations of systemic doping in Russian athletics, the results of which supposedly demonstrated a "a deeply rooted culture of cheating".
Confirming his suspension on 10 November, an official IOC statement read: "The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is closely monitoring the situation after the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) released its report on 9 November. The IOC expects the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Wada to consider all necessary action to be taken to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust.
"Even if it has not been directly addressed in the report, the IOC has already decided to take the following steps itself: The IOC's Executive Board decided this afternoon to confirm the proposal of the IOC Ethics Commission to provisionally suspend Mr Lamine Diack, the former President of IAAF, from his honorary membership of the IOC."