My first interview with Seb Coe was in 2001 at Edmonton WC. I did a small interview for Nike at an event, and Seb was fun to interview. We talked about his athletics, and his views on the sport since his retirement. Charming, self depricating, Seb, then, as now, has a bit of concern dealing with media, but since I was not a member of the British media, we were fine.
Move ahead to 2015, in Beijing, before the stench of the Diacks hit the fan. Seb was conducting his first presser, and Seb was looking ahead with the promise of the future and trying to be nice to Lamine Diack.
I wonder sometimes, if Seb Coe had the ability to move into a parallel universe (think Philip K. Dick, and Man in the High Castle), if he would have taken this position.
It will not get any easier in the next 2 years. This is a note from EME News, on the challenges that the sport has to face in the upcoming years.
The storm clouds are gathering, please stay inside and practice social distancing.
Coe admits World Championships could be back to back
MONACO (MON): World Athletics head Sebastian Coe said in a statement about current calendar issues: “We don’t yet know the date for the Games next year and I am not going to speculate on the decision the IOC and the Japanese Government will make. Once they have made it, we will look at what, if any, impact that decision has on our World Athletics Championships Oregon 21. I know everyone would like answers to these two questions now, but we all need time to review and discuss options. All major events rely on a complex and finely entwined group of stakeholders. So let’s take this time now, when we are not rushing from event to event, to really look at the options and make the right decisions. Nobody saw this problem (with the virus)…so the flexibility here is very important,” he said. Should the championships be postponed, Coe said it would still be possible to “have a 2022 and 2023 Championships back to back.”