The president of the International Athletics Foundation, a Monaco-based charity that works to promote track and field events worldwide, resigned Tuesday after French authorities targeted him in a graft investigation, Reuters reports. Lamine Diack is suspected of taking more than $1 million in bribes in 2011 to cover up alleged doping by Russian athletes, according to the office of France's financial prosecutor.
The foundation puts on an annual gala in Monte Carlo and assists the International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF, and its member organizations in the development and promotion of track and field. Mr. Diack stepped down as president of the IAAF in August. The annual gala, scheduled for November 28, was canceled after Mr. Diack was formally placed under investigation by French officials last week.