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Lord Coe backed to reform IAAF

Friday, January 15 2016 by SNTV
  • Richard Pound, World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission's Chief Advisor, backs Lord Coe to remain in charge of the IAAF and oversee its reform.

    SOUNDBITE: (English) Richard Pound, World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission's Chief Advisor

    "We have, as you probably noticed, other than the athletes who were extorted, not descended to any individual athletes or sports officials. We were careful to point out that the Council could not have been unaware of the situation and we hold to that. But 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. There's an enormous amount of reputational recovery that has to occur here and I can't - we're descending to personalities - I can't think of anyone better than Lord Coe to lead that. So all our fingers are crossed in that respect. As far as the blood data base is concerned, again we are not coming down to the level of any individual athlete. We haven't dealt with Paula Radcliffe or any other athlete in that and that's something that will be a matter to be dealt with between her and presumably the IAAF or UK Athletics."

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