IAAF overwhelmingly passes sweeping reforms

Sat Dec 3, 2016 12:17pm EST
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By Gene Cherry

MONACO (Reuters) - A sweeping reform package that changes how the scandal-hit governing body of world athletics operates was overwhelmingly passed at a special Congress on Saturday.

"This is a very important moment in the history of our sport," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said after Congress members voted 182 to 10 in favor of the reforms.

"This is a ringing endorsement of our commitment to do things differently," Coe told a news conference.

"We now have structures, frameworks and foundations that will create a safety net."

The "Time for Change" proposals, the centerpiece of Coe's agenda for moving the sport forward from its tainted past, established new independent anti-doping, integrity and disciplinary functions along with a greater voice for athletes in the organization and more gender balance.

The reforms also place more governance power in the hands of the IAAF Executive Board.

Previously, much of that authority rested with since disgraced former president Lamine Diack, who along with his son Papa Massata Diack is currently under investigation by French authorities on corruption and money-laundering charges involving millions of euros.

"It's bad enough that any of this happened, but it cannot happen for a second time, not on our watch, not anyone else's watch," Coe said.   Continued...

Sebastian Coe, IAAF's President, attends a press conference as part of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) council meeting in Monaco, December 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Eric Gaillard