- Title: Coe praises â€œcandidâ€ apology for doping scandal
- Date: 3rd August 2017
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 3, 2017) (REUTERS) IAAF AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP LOCAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE NEWS CONFERENCE STARTING (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "I thought it was a very candid response today. A very candid presentation and yes I think the whole council, I know the whole congress, was pleased to recognise that the Russian Federation recognised themselves that they have been through some pretty torrid times that they are doing everything they possibly can to make sure that the federation itself is reengineered that they're attempting the hard yards of changing the culture around coaching systems and endemic systems that have served very badly the athletes. And again I was pleased that RUSAF accepted because of course the criteria for re-introduction was agreed with them as well that we follow process and that the congress today supported the recommendations of the council through Rune Andersen's task force. So I thought it was a very constructive day." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "And I think clearly progress is being made but the council through the recommendations of the task force concluded that this was not the moment to reinstate Russia but we need to make sure that we do everything over the next few months to try and normalise this situation. The guiding principle has always been that we wanted to separate the clean athletes from the tainted system and we have 19 neutral athletes here. And that has been the case throughout the year because we've had them Bydgoszcz we've had them in Grosseto, they were in Nairobi at the under-18s (world championships) where two medals were won and I was very pleased to hear that recognition but it still leaves us with some work to do." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "I think it was recognition; it is an element of the criteria. It will ultimately be for the task force to decide that because there's no point in having created the task force, the independent process. They will be the judge of that and I think it is also important to remember that our relationship in terms of the reinstatement is directly with RUSAF, the Russian Federation. So that is important that that was communicated to the international federation and the 200 or so countries that were there listening to the presentation from Dmitry Shlyakhtin, the Russian Federation president, followed by the observations of Rune Andersen from the task force." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "I think that's a question you should ask the Jamaican Federation. That's not for me to answer but actually I think some 86-87 percent supported the retention of the ban and look it's... I was very clear with the council, I was very clear in today's congress that we are making progress, that this is a proper way to do it that we've taken a tough decision and we need to see it through and there were those that, you know, there were those that didn't agree with the process that we adopted but I genuinely believe that this progress that we've witnessed today and the presentation that we heard from the Russian Federation would probably not have happened had we not gone down that road." NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, TALKING ABOUT WHETHER USAIN BOLT SHOULD BECOME A HOLLYWOOD ACTOR, SAYING: "No actually quite the opposite; I would encourage him to try and become a Hollywood actor and I certainly wouldn't think that that's impossible because that would then help us... that would give us yet another string to our bow in order to allow him to connect in a completely different environment so no no I hope he does try that." NEWS CONFERENCE ENDING
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- Keywords: Sebastian Coe athletics world championship sport London
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Athletics,Sport
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- Story Text:Global athletics boss Sebastian Coe praised what he described as a candid apology from Russia over a doping scandal but reiterated it was not the moment for the country to be readmitted to the sport.
Russia athletics boss Dmitry Shlyakhtin told an IAAF Congress on Thursday (August 3), the eve of the World Athletics Championships, that his country's ban from the sport was correct and that he was determined to fight doping.
Despite his comments, the IAAF Congress voted in favour of maintaining the ban, imposed since November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia.
Coe said he was also "pleased" that Russia accepted the criteria for its reintroduction.
Nineteen Russian athletes will be competing as neutrals at the World Athletics Championships which start in London on Friday, having met strict IAAF criteria.
The head of the IAAF's Task Force, Rune Andersen, said on Monday (July 31) that Russia had yet to meet several of the criteria for reinstatement.
Drug-testing was still insufficient and banned coaches were still operating freely, he told reporters in London after a presentation to the IAAF Council.
In a lighter moment during the news conference Coe said he welcomed the suggestion Usain Bolt might become a Hollywood actor as it would help athletics reach a new audience.
Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt will retire from athletics after the IAAF World Championships which start on Friday (August 4) and finish on August 13.
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