Alleged extortion to hide dopers abhorrent-Coe, from Reuters newswire

This was Seb Coe’s first response to the recent French investigation into Lamine Diack, his lawyer, the IAAF head of anti-drug department. This piece first ran late on Saturday, November 7, 2015 and was published on the Reuters.com news site.

The rumors of much of the misdoings have gone on at some levels of the sport for some time.

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The French criminal investigation, the WADA investigation and the commentary on both will damage the perception of the sport in the immediate future. A clean sport is the goal of all who care about the sport.

The legacy of Seb Coe’s Presidency could be determined by how he handles this crisis.

Alleged extortion to hide dopers abhorrent – Coe

IAAF president Sebastian Coe called alleged bribery within athletics “abhorrent” on Saturday after claims that predecessor Lamine Diack received over one million euros ($1.09 million) to cover up doping violations.

“That people in our sport have allegedly extorted money from athletes guilty of doping violations is abhorrent,” said Coe in a statement sent to Reuters and Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper.

It was the former double Olympic champion’s first response to the latest crisis to hit the sport.

To read the entire story in the original form: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/07/us-athletics-corruption-coe-idUSKCN0SW0SJ20151107#ORRKGLyphJ0RoPAb.97

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  • Larry Eder has had a 50-year involvement in the sport of athletics. Larry has experienced the sport as an athlete, coach, magazine publisher, and now, journalist and blogger. His first article, on Don Bowden, America's first sub-4 minute miler, was published in RW in 1983. Larry has published several magazines on athletics, from American Athletics to the U.S. version of Spikes magazine. He currently manages the content and marketing development of the RunningNetwork, The Shoe Addicts, and RunBlogRun. Of RunBlogRun, his daily pilgrimage with the sport, Larry says: "I have to admit, I love traveling to far away meets, writing about the sport I love, and the athletes I respect, for my readers at runblogrun.com, the most of anything I have ever done, except, maybe running itself."

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