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Coe unveils plan by IAAF to overhaul sport’s governance

Published 06/07/2016

Lord Coe
Lord Coe

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced a 15-point plan to overhaul its governance of the sport and restore its reputation.

The Monaco-based body was plunged into crisis last year when ex-president Lamine Diack and some advisers were suspended for their alleged part in the wider Russian doping scandal.

Lord Coe, who replaced Diack as president, has spent the last 11 months dealing with the fall-out from such scandals and the widespread criticism of his own links to the previous regime.

But having promised sweeping changes to prevent such an existential threat from ever happening again, the double Olympic champion and former London 2012 boss is starting to deliver.

The 15 proposals were agreed at a ‘Governance Structure Reform Forum’ in Amsterdam. They include plans to reduce the president’s personal powers, create a more modern executive board, impose a three-term limit on all senior roles and publish salaries on its website.

“Our reform proposals show how seriously we want to grip the issues facing our sport and design a strong diverse and modern organisation which reflects the global reach of athletics,” said Coe. “We are not afraid to make tough decisions, we owe it to the athletes.”

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