British Olympic legend Sebastian Coe opens his manifesto dossier after his presidential campaign unveils. Coe, 56, hopes to take seat after Senegalese Lamine Diack, who is at hot seat of World’s athletics governing body since 1999. Likely to compete with fellow Olympic great and IAAF vice-president Sergei Bubka for presidency, Coe focused on four big issues in his road map.
Seb Coe’s four pillars contains some calendar and programme changes of global athletics, focusing on structural things and key partnerships to making empowerment, maximizing commercials of the sport and ensuring integrity, including fighting against doping.
He insisted to independent tribunals arrives to athletics, “I believe that the IAAF needs to explore measures, implemented by other International Federations, to create our own Independent Tribunal procedures to deal with doping violations committed in international competitions. This would not only simplify the process but also lift the burden placed on Member Federations and reduce the number of legal appeals slowing down the sanctioning process. Our actions must be aimed at protecting the ambitions of the vast majority of clean athletes” he states.
The lead man of the London 2012 Games, also pay tribute for current president Diack, many believed he will be backed to Briton over Bubka. Coe added this sentences on explanation:
“Now is the time to reinforce our ambitions and build on the many achievements of President Lamine Diack, to recognise that we have new challenges and that we need to show vision and leadership in tackling those challenges.
We should ensure that athletes are at the heart of our thinking and that we have structures and policies which make our sport attractive for all our competitors. We must also address the interests and energies of young people directly, to shape our sport so that it excites the next generation of competitors, fans and viewers.”
Seb Coe’s 12-page manifesto can be downloaded from his web site, sebcoe2015.org.