Quote Of The Day
“I remember sitting at the European Championship last year with some sponsors. I looked down into the arena and I’m thinking: ‘Why am I watching the start of the men’s 1,500 metres through the netting for the hammer? Why can’t I see the split screens? What the hell is going on?’ I said to the sponsors: ‘Has there been anything happening in the last half-hour you’ve been able to follow?’ They looked a bit nervous and said: ‘Not really.’ Presentationally we are in a mess …”
“… I first got elected to the IAAF council in 2003 and on the agenda that day was the proposal for a world relay championship. In 2014 we finally get the first edition of the world relay championships. Eleven years later? Come on. We haven’t got 11 weeks to implement progress.”
– IAAF president Sebastian Coe explaining some of the current problems with the sport and what he thinks needs to change. On doping, he says, “I will do everything in my power so that a kid … can devote more than half their young lives to this sport in the certain knowledge that the guys they are lining up alongside are not cheating. … The crowds have to know that what they are watching is genuine.” In wake of yesterday’s troubling headlines, we hope he knows there is a long way to go.
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