'Zero tolerance' for drug cheats, vows new IAAF chief Coe

Zero tolerance for drug cheats, vows new IAAF chief Coe
Coe pipped Ukraine's Sergey Bubka 115-92 in the vote at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Congress in Beijing, but he has a tough task ahead of him.

With a series of doping controversies at the top of Coe's agenda when he takes office after the August 22-30 world championships in Beijing, the Briton said he and his new team would be "vigilant" in their crusade against cheats.

"There is a zero tolerance to abuse of doping in my sport and I will maintain that to the very highest level of vigilance," said Coe, who won Olympic 1500m golds in the 1980 and 1984 Games. "I don't want the thought that trust and integrity are only something that are rooted in challenges around doping in sport or doping in track and field. 

There is a universal problem with that in sport and we recognise that and we've been the lead role for that as long as I've been in the sport. "That's something I'm very proud of, that's something I'll very happily defend, how we approached that." Coe added: "Everything that you do in a sport is underpinned by trust. It's the trust that athletes that are competing feel that they are competing in a free, fair and open environment. "It's the trust that spectators have <g data-gr-id="20">going</g> into your stadiums to believe that what they're watching is legitimate, and that is really important.


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