Coe: No place for drug cheats

New IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe, who beat Ukrainian Sergey Bubka to the most powerful position in world athletics, said that he has zero tolerance for dopers in athletics.

Coe had the support of the majority of the IAAF federations winning by 115 votes to 92 in the Congress in Beijing on Thursday to become new president, replacing 82-year-old Lamine Diack of Senegal.

The new president takes charge of the IAAF after the world championships which start on Saturday in Beijing.

The timing of Coe’s appointment comes at an interesting time in world athletics, with allegations of various doping cover-ups blackening the sports’ profile.

The 58-year-old told The Belfast Telegraph, that in his first 100 days in office he would set up an independent anti-doping agency to deal with the sports issues but did not do into how it would work. 

"There is a zero tolerance to the abuse of doping in my sport and I will maintain that to the very highest level of vigilance," Coe said.

"We do have to recognise that there is too broad a view that this is something, whether real or perceived, (where) there are conflicts and there are loopholes and I think an independent system is what we need to close down any thought that we are doing anything other than being entirely vigilant about that."

Its alleged that a third of all athletes who competed at the 2011 World Championships in South Korea were doping, which was been vehemently denied by the IAAF.

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