IAAF will do everything to protect clean athletes: Coe

Mon Oct 5, 2015 8:11am EDT
 
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By Amlan Chakraborty

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Athletics has been at the forefront in the fight against doping and its world governing body will do everything to protect the clean athletes, president Sebastian Coe said on Monday.

The twice Olympic 1,500 meters champion was elected in August to head the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which has been accused of going soft on doping after thousands of blood test data were leaked to media.

Coe said athletics has been "at the vanguard" in the fight against doping and promised to rid the sport of the menace.

"It's not uniquely a track and field problem," Coe told reporters after meeting with the south Asian athletics officials in the Indian capital.

"Every sport in the world has global issues. We have them but we also resolve them.

"It is our responsibility to make sure that our systems are clear and concise and the protocols are uniform across the globe," he said.

"We must encourage the clean athletes to believe that we are always going to be in their corner.

"The reason that you have testing systems is actually to protect the clean athletes. It's not just simply to remove those who cheat," he said.   Continued...

 
President of International Association of Athletics Federations Sebastian Coe listens to a question at a news conference in Beijing, August 19, 2015.  REUTERS/Jason Lee