Athletics

Coe best placed to lead IAAF reforms

Sebastian Coe (AP)
Sebastian Coe (AP)

Munich - Under-fire IAAF president Sebastian Coe is the best person to reform athletics scandal-hit governing body, WADA independent commission chairman Dick Pound said Thursday.

"As far as the ability of Lord Coe to remain at the head of the IAAF, I think it's a fabulous opportunity for the IAAF to seize this opportunity and under strong leadership to move forward out of this," said Pound.

"There's an enormous amount of reputational recovery to do here and, descending to personalities, I can't think of anyone better than Lord Coe to lead that. So all out fingers are crossed in that respect."

Pound, the former WADA president, has written two reports chronicling rampant corruption by the IAAF to cover up doping cases.

Coe was effusive in his praise of former president Lamine Diack when he beat Sergey Bubka in an election to succeed the disgraced Senegalese in August.

But Pound said: "Always say something nice about your predecessor. I wouldn't build a gravestone on the basis of that alone.

"There's no way Coe could have known the extent of what Diack was up to."

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