Coe to stand for second term as IAAF chief


International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe addresses a press conference in Monaco ...
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe addresses a press conference in Monaco on November 26, 2017. The world governing body of athletics will decide whether to allow Russia back into international competition after a ban that has already lasted two years following claims of state-sponsored doping. The ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will set the tone for a crucial International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting on 5-7 December on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. / AFP PHOTO / YANN COATSALIOU

In Summary

  • Former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe on Thursday all but confirmed that he would run for a second term as President of the IAAF at the global governing body’s congress in September.
  • The 62-year-old Briton was elected to the post in Beijing in 2015 amidst a storm of doping scandals and has spent much of his term trying to battle the use of banned substances in the sport.

Former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe on Thursday all but confirmed that he would run for a second term as President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the global governing body’s congress in September.

The 62-year-old Briton was elected to the post in Beijing in 2015 amidst a storm of doping scandals and has spent much of his term trying to battle the use of banned substances in the sport.

While he admits that job is not yet done, he feels track and field also needs to be transformed over the next few years by innovative presentation and competition structures to engage a wider, and younger, audience.

“I have a passion to see that through,” Coe, the chief organiser of the 2012 London Olympics, told the Leaders Sport Business Summit in Abu Dhabi.

“I think we’ve made reasonable start and I’d like to be given a chance to see it through.”

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