Lausanne — Former sprinter Frankie Fredericks on Tuesday quit as head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commission monitoring candidates for the 2024 Olympics amid an investigation into money he accepted from a sports marketing chief accused of corruption. Fredericks strongly denied any wrongdoing in accepting nearly $300,000 around the day that Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Olympics. But said he had "personally decided that it is in the best interests of a good functioning of the International Olympic Committee candidature process that I step aside as chairperson of the 2024 evaluation commission, because it is essential that the important work my colleagues are doing is seen as being carried out in a truthful and fair manner". The Namibian athletics great went on, "I do not wish to become a distraction from this great contest." The IOC is to decide in September whether Los Angeles or Paris gets the 2024 Olympics. But the decision faces greater scrutiny because of ...

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