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Coe to seek council before making decision on Russian doping allegations

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:35

IAAF President Sebastian Coe says he will seek approval from his fellow IAAF council members on whether the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) should be banned after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recommended the sanction.

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SENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 9, 2015) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. IAAF PRESIDENT, SEB COE (LEFT), ARRIVING AT MILLBANK STUDIOS 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "I've asked the Russian Federation, the Athletics Federation to answer the allegations made today in the Pound report. I've asked my council to convene on Friday this week. We will review what they have said and then we will look at the next steps which could include sanctions." REPORTER, ASKING: "Can you foresee a situation now where Russia is suspended? Can you see any other option?" "I'm not presupposing what my council will say but I can tell you I sought approval for them to write to the Russian federation, asking for an explanation and I know that they take this, as I do, very seriously." REPORTER, ASKING: "Would you agree these are the most serious allegations in the history of sport?" "I don't benchmark those types of remarks. What I will say to you it's my responsibility now to create a sport that is responsive, responsible, transparent and accountable. If they're failings in our anti-doping systems we will fix them. If there are failings in the corporate governances that have allowed particularly the criminal allegations that were made earlier in the week to be proven then I will fix those." STORY: Sebastian Coe, the head of world athletics, said he had given the Russian athletics federation until the end of the week to respond to a report into alleged widespread doping in the country that could lead to their suspension from the Olympic Games. The independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday (November 9) recommended banning Russia from the sport as a result of its systematic doping culture that "prevented or diminished the possibility of an effective anti-doping program". "I've asked the Russian Federation, the Athletics Federation to answer the allegations made today in the Pound report. I've asked my council to convene on Friday (November 14) this week. We will review what they have said and then we will look at the next steps which could include sanctions," Coe told reporters at the Millbank Studios in London. "I'm not presupposing what my council will say but I can tell you I sought approval for them to write to the Russian federation, asking for an explanation and I know that they take this, as I do, very seriously." On Sunday (November 8), Coe said that his instinct was against banning Russia but on Monday he said the scale of the doping regime exposed by the report meant that the IAAF Council should consider the recommendation for such a ban. Pound agreed with the suggestion that the Russian situation amounted to "state-sponsored doping" but Coe declined to say whether these were the worst corruption allegations in the history of sport. "I don't benchmark those types of remarks," said the double Olympic 1500 champion who won the first of his titles at the 1980 Games in Moscow. "What I will say to you it's my responsibility now to create a sport that is responsive, responsible, transparent and accountable. If they're failings in our anti-doping systems we will fix them. If there are failings in the corporate governances that have allowed particularly the criminal allegations that were made earlier in the week to be proven then I will fix those." The IAAF Council has the power to act on the recommendations and ban Russia from sanctioned events, including next year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2017 world championships in London.

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Coe to seek council before making decision on Russian doping allegations

Monday, November 09, 2015 - 01:35