Coe new IAAF president

Former Olympic 1500m champion Lord Coe is the new president of the IAAF, the body that governs world athletics.

 The 58-year-old Briton beat rival Sergey Bubka, a former Olympic pole vault champion, by 115 votes to 92.

Sebastian Coe
Sebastian Coe

One of Coe’s first tasks will be to deal with the fall-out from a series of doping allegations to hit athletics.

Double Olympic champion Mo Farah and Olympic 1500m silver medallist Steve Cram have backed their countryman to make a positive impact.

Following his election, Coe tweeted that, after the birth of his children, this was the most “momentous moment” of his life.

The former chairman of London 2012, Coe replaces 82-year-old Senegalese Lamine Diack, who has been in charge for 16 years.

Coe was one of Britain’s finest sportsmen, having won gold medals in the 1500m at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and set numerous world records over both the 1500m and 800m.

His battles and rivalry with fellow Brits Steve Ovett and Steve Cram during the 1980s became legendary and increased the popularity of middle-distance running enormously.

Coe has also been a Conservative MP, worked for FIFA and was a key figure in London’s successful bid for and staging of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. He was appointed an MBE in 1982, an OBE in 1990 and accepted a life peerage in 2000.

An IAAF vice-president since 2007, he becomes only the sixth president in the organisation’s 103-year history.

Source: (BBC)

One Response to Coe new IAAF president

  1. Thomas Katt
    Thomas Katt August 20, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Nothing will change. He’s a politician. Already trying to downplay that athletics is full of drug cheats.


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