Coe promises reform package will make IAAF “leader in sport”

March 13, 2016 0

From Inside the Games

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe has promised that the reforms he is planning to introduce before the end of the year will make the world governing body a “leader in sport”.

Coe introduced a governance review following his election in Beijing last August and they have coincided with the biggest crisis in the sport’s history following the arrest of his predecessor Lamine Diack over allegations he took payments for deferring sanctions against Russian athletes who had failed drugs tests.

A report from the World Anti-Doping Agency Independent Commission has also led to the suspension of Russia from international competition, putting in jeopardy their participation at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The package of reforms is currently being worked on and are due to be adopted following a Extraordinary Congress here in November or December.

Among the proposals is an agreement to set up an ethical compliance group and recruit a leading official to oversee it.

A new Integrity Unit will also be set up to ensure greater independence in the anti-doping process.

Part of the reform package includes a financial review of the IAAF by Former British Government Minister Paul Deighton, who worked alongside Coe as chief executive of London 2012.

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