Former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe wants to run for second term as IAAF president, says he should be given chance

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

Reuters January 31, 2019 15:23:04 IST
Former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe wants to run for second term as IAAF president, says he should be given chance
  • Coe 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 use of banned substances in the spor

  • 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

Abu Dhabi: 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.

Former Olympic champion Sebastian Coe wants to run for second term as IAAF president says he should be given chance

File photo of IAAF chief Sebastian Coe. Reuters

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 a reasonable start and I’d like to be given a chance to see it through.”

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