US prosecutors issue subpoenas seeking information from Fifa, IOC and IAAF

first_imgUS federal prosecutors are conducting an extensive investigation into global sports corruption, including at Fifa and the international and US Olympics organisations, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing a grand jury subpoena.As part of the investigation, the justice department is looking at possible racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges related to the world athletics championships and the business executives who have consulted on bids for various other elite competitions, the Times reported. The investigation is being conducted by the US attorney’s office for the eastern district of New York in Brooklyn, which has previously investigated Fifa and systematic doping in Russia. “The office can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation,” Tyler Daniels, spokesman for the US attorney’s office, told the Guardian.The subpoena, one of a number that were delivered in January, solicited documents, testimony and financial records dating to 2013. Since then, the United States has won bids to host the 2021 world athletics championships in Eugene, Oregon and the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.The subpoena did not explicitly refer to the Los Angeles Olympics bid, but did focus on the world governing body for track and field, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the newspaper said. The IAAF awarded the sport’s 2019 world championships to Doha, Qatar, and the 2021 event to Eugene.The people asked to provide information, including personal and corporate bank records, were expected to appear in federal court in Brooklyn as soon as this week, the Times reported.A spokesman for the United States Olympic Committee declined to comment on Wednesday and a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request, the newspaper reported. A spokeswoman for the IAAF said it had not been contacted by US investigators. Share on Pinterest Athletics Support The Guardian Share via Email IAAF news Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Football politics Since you’re here…center_img International Olympic Committee Fifa Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Sport politics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more