Nasser Al-Khelaifi's lawyer has denied an allegation of corruption against his client relating to the hosting rights for the World Athletics Championships.

According to reports in France, the Paris Saint-Germain president is accused of validating an illicit payment of €3.1million to help Doha's bid to stage the finals in 2017.

However, his lawyer, Francis Szpiner, has described the allegations as "totally inaccurate".

"Nasser Al-Khelaifi's name does not appear on any of the documents in the file," Szpiner told Le Parisien in reference to a case compiled by investigating judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke in Paris.

"It should be noted that Nasser Al-Khelaifi's initial hearing was only the result of a regrettable confusion by the investigating magistrate," Szpiner added, with Al-Khelaifi having voluntarily appeared before a judicial inquiry investigating the case in March.

"Nasser Al-Khelaifi has never been operationally involved in Doha's bid for the World Athletics Championships."

Qatar was unsuccessful in bids for the 2017 event and the 2020 Olympics but won the right to host the 2019 World Athletics Championships, which are due to take place between September 28 and October 6.

Jamaica’s Chrissann Gordon is feeling confident about the season ahead following her win in the 400m at the Meeting International D’Athletisme De La Grande Caribe Region Guadeloupe on the weekend.

Yohan Blake, Kendra Harrison, and Ajee Wilson are the latest top-drawer athletes confirmed for the Racers/Adidas set for the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Elaine Thompson won the 200m dash at the two-day 2019 Nanjing World Challenge meeting in China on Tuesday in a season’s best 22.40.

Double Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, is still not back to her jaw-dropping best after recovering from injuries last season. 

Jamaica’s Tyquendo Tracey, despite running a season’s best 10.18, was no match for the 100-metre field at the Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday. 

Olympic champion, Jamaica’s Omar McLeod collected a record fourth 110m hurdles victory in what is considered the meeting's signature event. 

Once again, Abderrahman Samba stole the Diamond League spotlight with another superb performance to highlight the IAAF Diamond League Shanghai on Saturday (18).

Already in the spotlight as the key protagonist in the meeting’s most eagerly anticipated face-off, Samba lived up to expectations with a decisive victory over Rai Benjamin in the pair’s first head-to-head battle.

Running to the Qatari’s outside in lane five, Benjamin, son of former West Indies fast Bowler Winston Benjamin and the third fastest 400m hurdler of all-time, took the early lead, leading Samba, history’s second-fastest ever, by about half a stride until the pair reached the fifth hurdle. Samba briefly pulled ahead, but Benjamin kept up the pressure through the turn as they approached hurdle nine. There, Benjamin lost his rhythm, giving Samba an opening he took full advantage of. Three strides later, Samba was in the lead for good, padding his advantage as he cleared hurdle ten before crossing the line in 47.27, the second fastest time of his career in just his second race of the season. And he did it on less than a handful of restless hours or sleep after losing a battle with jetlag.

“To be honest with you, I couldn't sleep last night,” Samba said. “I fell asleep this morning at about 7 and got up at 10:30. But I’m so happy. It’s my second fastest time so I think the season will be great again like last year.” It was his 12th straight victory.

Only eight other men have ever run faster, Benjamin, who clocked 47.02 last year, among them. Despite his late-race dip in fortunes, the 21-year-old was pleased.

“I was good until (hurdles) 9 and 10 - I wish I could have those hurdles back - but it's fine, it's the season opener so I can't really complain too much,” said Benjamin, whose 47.80 run was also the second fastest of his career. “I didn't go out too strong, he just had it at the end and I didn't. I just have to go home and work on some things and come back.”

When Julien Alfred crossed the line in the 200m at the Big 12 Championships at the John Jacobs Complex in Oklahoma this past weekend she was third in 22.90 behind her Texas teammates Teahna Daniels and Kynnedy Flannel who were both given 22.71 for first and second, respectively.

The tenth anniversary season of the IAAF Diamond League continues with the Diamond League Shanghai meeting on Saturday whose programme includes a slew of tantalising head-to-heads that just may define much of the 2019 season in the run up to the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019. 

Jamaica’s high school prodigy Christopher Taylor is reportedly joining the camp of respected track and field coach Rana Reider at his base in Florida.

Jordan Scott dedicated his long and triple jump gold medals at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the weekend to his mother and said he believes he can jump a lot farther later this season at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Sprinter Andre Ewers created history when he became the first Florida State University (FSU) sprinter to win back-to-back sprint doubles at the ACC Championships held at Lannigan Field in Charlottesville, Virginia from May 9-11.

Even while revealing that he spending more time perfecting his 100m, 2018 European champion Zharnel Hughes said he is considering taking on the sprint double at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar at the end of September.

University of Arkansas sophomore Janeek Brown plans to vie for a spot on Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September. Based on what she has managed to do so far this season, that spot seems all but assured.

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