Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

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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
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Jun 13 2017
Sebastian Coe has been quoted 50 times. The one recent article where Sebastian Coe has been quoted is Sport 2.0: crumbling traditions create a whole new ballgame. Most recently, Sebastian Coe was quoted as having said, “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.”.
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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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