Athletics: Coe lauds 'landmark changes'

Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:04pm EDT
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By Mitch Phillips

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - IAAF President Sebastian Coe announced a shake up of the organization on Wednesday aimed at ensuring there can be no repeat of the corruption scandals that have dogged athletics’ governing body during his first, tumultuous, year in office.

The most eye catching of a raft of “governance reforms” is a commitment for the all-powerful Council to be split equally between men and women.

Currently there are six women on a 27-member Council but the target is to make it 13 of 26 by 2023. Two athletes will also be drafted onto the Council.

The other key change is the separation of anti-doping and ethics issues from the main business of running athletics – a development that became necessary after the exposure of the corrupt activities of Coe's predecessor Lamine Diack and his son, who was employed by the IAAF as a marketing consultant.

The proposals have still to be rubber-stamped by the sport’s congress but that looks a forgone conclusion as they continue to fully support the reforms Coe has put in place in his first year in office.

"It's a year that’s had its challenges but I’m very proud of the determination the organization has shown to embrace change,” he told Reuters in an interview at the IAAF's hotel near Ipanema Beach

"It’s a landmark day today and I think our sport is stronger and more resilient for the things we’ve done.”

The IAAF’s most noteworthy action under Coe’s watch was the banning of Russia after revelations of state-sponsored doping, and he was in no mood to apologize on Thursday.   Continued...

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe attends the Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse