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Sebastian Coe has conceded that unless he and his fellow leaders fully grasp the enormity of the crisis in their sport, there are andquotunlikely to be many tomorrows for athletics.andquot
In his Sunday Telegraph newspaper column, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said he and his colleagues could andquotalmost certainlyandquot have done more to get to the heart of the scandal that has rocked the sport.
Coe, writing at the end of a dramatic week which saw the IAAF provisionally suspend Russia following a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that uncovered evidence of state-controlled doping in the country, added it had been a andquothorror showandquot for athletics.
The Briton also said the andquotarchitecture of anti-dopingandquot systems had failed the worldand’s track and field competitors and acknowledged a difficult self-examination as he reflected on whether the sport could have approached the unfolding crisis more effectively.
Fridayand’s decision to suspend Russia after a conference call of IAAF Council members, Coe said, was made amid an atmosphere of andquotsadness and angerandquot and andquotthe recognition that unless we fully grasp the enormity of our plight there were unlikely to be many tomorrows for athletics.andquot
The double Olympic champion, who has found himself in the unusual position of being criticized, explained this weekand’s events had led him to ask, andquotHow did we get to this?
andquotThe decision … to penalize Russia was also a difficult one and running against every instinct around that conference call. But the best way to protect clean athletes is to be unflinching in our commitment to them, and not just in words,andquot said Coe.
andquotWe have to create structures that are always in their corner and here none of us come out very well including my federation. The architecture of anti-doping has failed them and, we have to ask, were the walls too high in many of our organizations to properly investigate abuses? Almost certainly and’yesand’ has to be our uncomfortable answer,andquot he added.
Coe reflected on an unnamed, no-nonsense coach who helped kick-start his running career several decades ago.
andquotThe toughest question I grapple with is inevitably a very personal one, self-examination is never easy,andquot he said.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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