Sebastian Coe - International Association of Athletics Federations

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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
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Apr 03 2017
Sebastian Coe has been quoted 38 times. The one recent article where Sebastian Coe has been quoted is Three Russians cleared to compete in indoor championships. Most recently, Sebastian Coe was quoted as having said, “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.”.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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