Lord Coe was elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations in August 2015
IAAF president Lord Coe is under increasing pressure after a new report claimed “corruption was embedded” within his organisation.
Coe, 59, became boss of the body that governs world athletics last August after eight years as a vice-president.
Since then, the IAAF has come in for heavy criticism, accused of helping cover up systematic doping in Russia.
Now an investigation has concluded the corruption “cannot be blamed on a small number of miscreants” within the IAAF.
An 89-page report, written by former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound, was particularly damning of former IAAF president Lamine Diack, who stood down in August 2015 after 16 years in charge.
It concluded Diack, from Senegal, was “responsible for organising and enabling the conspiracy and corruption that took place in the IAAF”.
The report also claimed the IAAF Council, which included Coe, “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping in athletics”.
Yet Pound insisted Coe, a former British MP, was the right man to lead the IAAF out of its current mess.
“As far as the ability of Lord Coe to remain at the head of the IAAF… I think it’s a fabulous responsibility for the IAAF to seize this opportunity and, under strong leadership, to move forward,” said Pound.
“There’s an enormous amount of reputational recovery that needs to occur here and I can’t think of anyone better than Lord Coe to lead that.”
Coe was present at Pound’s news conference, having insisted on Wednesday there had been no cover-up.
He also said he had no intention of standing down.
Watch news conference and follow reaction in Sportsday
Just how damning is the report?
Diack is firmly in the line of fire. The report also concluded he:
appeared to have created a close inner circle which functioned as “an informal illegitimate governance structure” outside the IAAF;sanctioned and appeared to have had personal knowledge of the fraud and the extortion of athletes carried out by the actions of the illegitimate governance structure he put in place.
This section of the report is particularly scathing:
“The corruption that occurred within the IAAF was not at the level of some foreign currency trader in a bank carrying out unauthorised transactions, without the knowledge or permission of the responsible bank officers.
“Here it started with the president of the organisation. It involved the treasurer of the organisation. It involved the personal counsel of the president, acting …read more
Source:: BBC UK