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There have always been questions, and I know that from my own experience and from athletes I've trained with.
Athletics here has enthralled and entertained. Our sport is alive and incredibly strong.
But we have had good crowds and in the digital space, it's gone through the roof. That shows a real passion.
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.
The last year has sorely tested all of us and all of our fans out there and our responsibility is to shape the future.
So I genuinely hope that they feel they are watching our competitors doing it cleanly, and the vast majority are.
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.
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.
It's a year that's had its challenges but I'm very proud of the determination the organization has shown to embrace change.
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.
Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public.
I don't have a message for the IOC.
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.
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.
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.
I'm grateful for that advice but it is clear that perception and reality have become horribly mangled.
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.
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.
All my interests were, and continue to be, fully declared to the IAAF Ethics Committee and listed at the House of Lords.
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.
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.
Everything you do in the sport is underpinned by trust.
We have to make sure we engage with young people, that is the challenge.
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.
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.
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.