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MPs recall Seb Coe after doubt cast on his IAAF evidence

By Matt Slater

Lord Coe has been recalled to the Culture, Media and Sport select committee by the end of January after "some doubt" was cast on evidence he gave to MPs in December 2015 about corruption within athletics' world governing body.

The decision to ask the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president to return to parliament followed yesterday's testimony from Dave Bedford that, in the words of one MP, "undermined" Coe's answers.

Bedford, a former chairman of the IAAF's road-racing commission, spent 90 minutes answering questions on warnings he gave Coe in 2014 about senior officials at the IAAF allegedly blackmailing Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova to cover up positive drugs tests.

In a statement yesterday, CMS committee chairman Damian Collins said: "We are interested to know what Lord Coe knew and when. He said that he was unaware of the specific allegations until they were broadcast in the ARD documentary (in December 2014), but David Bedford's evidence casts doubt."

The IAAF, however, issued a strong rejection of the idea Bedford's testimony contradicted Coe. It said: "Today's evidence has offered nothing new to the committee's inquiry into 'Combatting Doping in Sport'.

"All information including the emails central to their questioning (yesterday) were sent to the committee chair in June 2016 and acknowledged. Based upon this, Coe has no further information he can provide to the inquiry."

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