(Reuters) – President of the UAE Athletics Federation Ahmad Al Kamali has been suspended for six months and fined 5,000 euros ($6,080) for gifting watches to delegates in an attempt to win votes, the World Athletics ethics board said on Tuesday.
The Athletics Integrity Unit had provisionally suspended Al Kamali from any athletics-related activities last October, preventing him from standing in the election for the vice president’s role at World Athletics, formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
World Athletics said in a statement that Al Kamali was alleged to have gifted Rolex and/or UAE branded Continental watches to delegates at the Confederation of African Athletics Congress in 2015 while he was a member of the IAAF Council.
Al Kamali admitted giving watches to the delegates but said the retail value of the gifts did not exceed $40 to $50.
Al Kamali has three weeks to appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.