Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

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The theatre that has been provided by those full houses has been incredible. We have had more people in 10 days across a world championship than ever before. And I genuinely can't remember a time when the sport was so competitive and the stories around them so rich.feedback
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Aug 14 2017 London
Sebastian Coe has been quoted 76 times. The one recent article where Sebastian Coe has been quoted is London 2017 has given athletics the opportunity to believe again’ claim organisers. Most recently, Sebastian Coe was quoted as having said, “There is a growing confidence within the sport. We took tough decisions and reforms to make the sport better. There is still a long way to go. But people are proud about being involved in the sport.”.
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Aug 13 2017

I hope it doesn't take another year or two. But I haven't ever put a time frame on this. It will be when the task force comes back to our I.A.A.F. council and says, This is what we set out to do; these are the changes they have met.' And it will be for the council to decide.feedback

Aug 13 2017

I've often been a lone wolf. That's not an unusual place for me to be. People who deliver and contribute tend to be lone wolves occasionally, and you live with that.feedback

Aug 13 2017

I didn't describe it as courageous. I just said it was a tough decision. I think it was a brave decision, but we didn't do it on the basis that we were looking to be benchmarked. We did it because we genuinely believed it was in the right interest of our sport.feedback

Aug 13 2017

That's swimming; we are athletics. We made a decision that we felt was in the best interests of the sport, and one thing I'm genuinely pleased about is that I believe we are making progress, and I don't think we would have made that progress had we not taken a tough stance in the first place. And having neutral athletes here is a sign of progress.feedback

Aug 13 2017

What we are going to miss about Usain Bolt is not the three back-to-back Olympic Games or the clutch of world records or the medals, it's going to be because he has an opinion, he has s view, he fills a room. We have some really terrific talent that's identified themselves at these championships, but that's not the same as filling that void.feedback

Aug 13 2017

The athlete in me tells me it's a devastating moment if you're in mid-race and something starts not to work, it's horrible. Whether the Jamaican team were in a medal position or not, the reality of it is you don't want to see anybody not being to be able to fulfil what they warmed up to do and what they prepared to do.feedback

Aug 12 2017 - London

I can't think of anybody else besides Muhammad Ali who has captured the public imagination or a global audience like Bolt. He has gone way, way beyond athletics.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - Commonwealth

No one from the IAAF is showing a lack of empathy with Isaac, far from it in fact. We have massive empathy for him as he worked so hard to get here. I know this from personal experience. In 1986 I was sent home from competing at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh with some other athletes because of a bronchial infection.feedback

Aug 08 2017

I'm not eulogistic at the thought of somebody who has served two bans in our sport walking off with one of the biggest prizes.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Doping

I thought it was a very candid response today, a very candid presentation. The whole Council and the whole Congress was pleased... that the Russian federation recognized themselves that they have been through some pretty torrid times and are doing everything possible to make sure the federation is reengineered.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Doping

We need to do everything over the next few months to normalize this situation.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - London

Usain is staying with our sport, he's committed to helping us maintain his extraordinary reach, but the pressure is on us to get across that we have some of the God-given talents of any sport. We have to showcase them and show that athletics is not just about Usain.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - London

We are going to see some fantastic performances over the next week or so. I'm a fully paid-up member of the (U.S. 200m/400m specialist) Allyson Felix fan club - nine world championship gold medals - and Wayde van Niekerk, he's the quiet man of our sport at the moment and we need to make people understand what an extraordinary talent this guy is. Anyone who re-writes a Michael Johnson record, that's a pretty good starting point.feedback

Aug 02 2017 - London

I've just spent the day talking with what we call Athletics Connect, with people from 214 federations, talking about the big issues for our sport. Yes, some of it was around integrity but, the vast majority was about how do we remain relevant. We realize we have to utilize the skill sets and expertise of great businesses and partners like Asics to help us reach out to young people; they can help us really understand their world.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - Doping

It would be wrong to make assumptions based upon leaked documents without the full evidence and that evidence being put in context.feedback

Jun 13 2017

There is a truth to sport. A purity, a drama, an intensity – a spirit that makes it irresistible to take part in, and irresistible to watch.feedback

Jun 13 2017

By a distance, sport has more to offer than the challenges that are currently confronting it. We connect with more people in a more meaningful way than politicians, the church, and financial institutions, and internationally we still have the ability to bring communities and countries together.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - London

It's a slam dunk. (Bolt) is the greatest sprinter the world has ever seen.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - London

If you look at the records he set, if you look at the Olympic championships he's had -- three in a row -- I'm not sure I'm ever going to see that in my lifetime.feedback

Jun 11 2017

Our words, at best, can only be a small, modest contribution to the eulogies and tributes that this great man standing behind me has receive this evening. But if our words are modest, our thanks are mountainous.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - London

This guy has transformed our sport, he's connected with young people, he's connected with people that didn't even think they liked track and field, he's turned them into lifelong fans and every single plaudit that he receives tonight, he's deserving of every syllable of it.feedback

May 26 2017

It's important that we provide a safe and secure environment, but we don't lose sight of the fact that sport is a celebration of humanity.feedback

May 26 2017

He "just needed to be here. It can't remedy or gloss over what happened a few days ago. But at least it can help in that grieving process.feedback

Apr 14 2017 - London

We can't just say: 'Sorry about that, but here you go – you've got your medal now, take it down to your local pub.' They should be handed over in London.feedback

Apr 03 2017

Our first priority is to the athletes who have provided the IAAF with information that they believed would be secure and confidential. They have our sincerest apologies and our total commitment to continue to do everything in our power to remedy the situation.feedback

Feb 23 2017 - Doping

The application process to compete internationally as neutral athletes is about our desire to support the hopes and aspirations of all clean athletes including Russian athletes who have been failed by their national system. While prioritizing applications based upon the entry deadlines of the competitions concerned, the primary responsibility of the Doping Review Board must always be to safeguard the integrity of competition.feedback

Feb 11 2017

I thought it was a terrific start. It's an obvious thing to say but unless we innovate we are going to become less and less relevant and we can't afford to do that.feedback

Feb 06 2017

It has become abundantly clear that with regular multiple transfers of allegiance, especially from Africa, the present rules are no longer fit for purpose. Athletics has to be based on national teams and is particularly vulnerable. The rules do not provide protection necessary for individual athletes, they are open to abuse. Many federations regularly receive reports of athletes who are available for trade.feedback

Jan 31 2017 - Doping

The purpose of this note is of course to advise you that I have now been made aware of the allegations. I wish to confirm that to the best of my recollection I was not aware prior to December 2014 of the allegations that Papa Massata Diack/others associated with the IAAF were involved in covering up Russian doping. This is even though I accept that in August 2014 David Bedford emailed me documents containing allegations along those lines.feedback

Jan 31 2017 - Doping

I trust this clarifies the matter to the satisfaction of the committee and as such there are no grounds for suggesting I misled the committee in any way.feedback

Dec 03 2016

This is a very important moment in the history of our sport.feedback

Dec 01 2016

I do not want this sport to return to the grotesque stories that even over the last few days we've been waking up to.feedback

Oct 07 2016

We have to be clear in defining independence. We have to make sure there isn't going to be any watering down of our approach.feedback

Oct 07 2016

We need to really properly understand who is responsible for what. We need to settle on arrangements that satisfy the clean athletes. I'm not sure it's any more complicated than that.feedback

Oct 07 2016

We want to share our insights on this.feedback

Aug 21 2016 - Olympic Games

We want to see full stadiums but it hasn't affected the way people have absorbed the event and having some of those finals in the morning has gone down well in Europe.feedback

Aug 21 2016 - Olympic Games

There have always been questions, and I know that from my own experience and from athletes I've trained with.feedback

Aug 21 2016 - Olympic Games

Athletics here has enthralled and entertained. Our sport is alive and incredibly strong.feedback

Aug 21 2016 - Olympic Games

But we have had good crowds and in the digital space, it's gone through the roof. That shows a real passion.feedback

Aug 21 2016 - Olympic Games

I'm very keen for him to carve out some space to help us to develop the sport and not just in an ambassadorial role.feedback

Aug 11 2016 - Doping

The last year has sorely tested all of us and all of our fans out there and our responsibility is to shape the future.feedback

Aug 11 2016 - Doping

So I genuinely hope that they feel they are watching our competitors doing it cleanly, and the vast majority are.feedback

Aug 11 2016 - Doping

Russia has let down their athletes. We have not banned athletes, this was a cataclysmic failure to oversee and protect those athletes and my and my council's object now, [its] focus, is for the reinstatement of the Russian federation and [to get] their athletes back into international competition.feedback

Aug 11 2016

Sales have been good but tickets are still on sale. The scheduling of some finals for after 10 p.m. local time had not helped.feedback

Aug 11 2016

It's a year that's had its challenges but I'm very proud of the determination the organization has shown to embrace change.feedback

Jul 21 2016 - Doping

While we are thankful that our rules and our power to uphold our rules and the anti-doping code have been supported, this is not a day for triumphant statements. I didn't come into this sport to stop athletes from competing. It is our federation's instinctive desire to include, not exclude.feedback

Jun 17 2016

Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public.feedback

Jun 17 2016

I don't have a message for the IOC.feedback

Mar 11 2016 - Doping

They are Ethiopia and Morocco, both of which need to implement as a matter of urgency a robust and adequate national testing programme, both in and out of competition, where applicable in coordination with relevant sporting and anti-doping authorities.feedback

Mar 11 2016 - Ukraine Crisis

Kenya, Ukraine and Belarus have been put on an IAAF monitoring list for 2016 to ensure their national anti-doping programmes are significantly strengthened and their progress to compliance is completed by the end of this year.feedback

Dec 02 2015

I'm happy to concede here, was too much power vested in too few people within the organisation? Yes, clearly, and is that the case probably within the traditional structures across sport? Yes. Can those be changed? They have to be, because we have to lower the walls, we cannot have a situation where you are not able to properly interrogate and make sure the right systems are in place, will I put those systems in place? Yes. Can those changes be made quickly? Yes they can. Can we return to trust ? That's going to take far longer.feedback

Nov 26 2015 - Nike

I'm grateful for that advice but it is clear that perception and reality have become horribly mangled.feedback

Nov 26 2015 - Nike

I've made the following decisions: I've stepped down from my ambassadorial role with Nike which lasted 38 years. The current noise level around it is not good for Nike or the IAAF and is a distraction.feedback

Nov 25 2015

I did not lobby anyone on behalf of the Eugene 2021 bid. After their narrow defeat for the 2019 world championships I encouraged them to re-enter another bidding cycle as they had a strong bid.feedback

Nov 25 2015

All my interests were, and continue to be, fully declared to the IAAF Ethics Committee and listed at the House of Lords.feedback

Aug 19 2015 - Doping

Then taking a flight and talking about a completely different set of challenges somewhere else. That's the beauty of the sport. My duty is to make sure that sport moves ahead at roughly the same pace, giving equal opportunity to meet the challenges, and the ambitions and dreams of their athletes.feedback

Aug 19 2015 - Doping

This has been a very, very long, hard tough campaign, But it has given sport chance to pause for breath, to review itself, renew itself, think about what the next 30 or 40 years look like.feedback

Aug 19 2015 - Doping

Everything you do in the sport is underpinned by trust.feedback

Aug 19 2015 - Doping

We have to make sure we engage with young people, that is the challenge.feedback

Dec 03 2014

Well, I think all ports need modernising and changing. I mean, all sports should be under permanent review. This is not a crisis, this is not – don't start writing the obituary about my sport. It is in 213 countries and it is very strong, but I think we recognize, and our own internal work shows, we have got an ageing audience and we do need to engage with young people.feedback

Jul 25 2012

You know, folks – go figure. When you get millions of people coming to your city, and you've got 17,000 athletes, and they're all wanting the position of timing, and you've got all the things to think about, not only them but when the Games intersect with people – it's going to be busy, enjoy it – it's an Olympic Games.feedback

May 10 2012

This special flame will carry a message of peace and friendship. It will also carry with the respect and good will of the people of the United Kingdom. It will shine a light in our country, remind people of the eternal values of the Olympic movement, that we all share.feedback

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