Seb Coe's 1:41.73 WR was set exactly 40 years ago from the date of the Florence DL. A great read.
“My instinct here is that we need to look at this carefully, but we also need to recognize that athletes are part of the world that we live in. “We have to recognize that there are going to be occasions where they do feel extremely strongly about issues. I’m not one for closing down the natural emotions or the views of athletes, as long as it’s done respectfully and it’s done in a way that doesn’t damage other competitors and their moment as well."
“I would be very surprised if there was any thought that a deal is going to be struck here or in any of these cases. It’s just not the system. That is not what the AIU does. ...Look, I don’t think it is that complicated. I really don’t. The athletes are asked to give their whereabouts for one hour a day, and there is plenty of scope if that one hour suddenly becomes a problem. It’s not arcane maritime law. I’m sorry, you don’t need a degree of logistics from Cambridge to figure that out. If you’re hanging by a thread on one or even two [missed tests], then my instinct would be to be sitting by my front door for that hour. You wouldn’t risk not being there. If they fall foul of this regularly they will be banned. I can’t put it in any blunter way. And that is what the AIU is there to do. And that is what the AIU is there to do. It’s not a sort of an afterthought. Alongside biological passports and adverse analytical findings it is a central part of the anti-doping landscape. ...It’s the world [athletes] live in. They accept it. And they’re actually quite grateful that we’ve got systems in place that are actually protecting them.”
“We have to be guided by what governments, the WHO and local authorities are telling us, but we also have to make our own decisions and make sensible compromises. There may be a moment when a sport decides that it is ready to stage events even if it is not always with the approval of those authorities," said Coe.
The author also takes a swipe at Radcliffe.
"Asked whether athletics could ever be among the top three or four sports in Britain, he gave a brutally frank answer: 'If I’m being honest maybe not.' If acceptance is the first step to change then Coe is on the right path."
"Give things a go. Never criticise change. Try – and potentially fail. Because make no mistake, surviving in this whizz-bang celebrity era without Bolt and Farah is going to be incredibly difficult. Athletics must be prepared to gamble."
Renaldo Nehemiah: "I don't condone doping but Justin Gatlin is not the poster child for it."
There were boos from the crowd and plenty of disdain from the British media.
*Justin Gatlin's Medal Ceremony Moved To Avoid Booing
*Seb Coe on Gatlin's win: “Sport rarely settles upon the perfect script. Life’s just not like that. It’s not the worst result ever. “I’m hardly going to sit here and tell you I’m eulogistic that somebody that has served two bans in our sport would walk off with one of our glittering prizes, but he is eligible to be here.”
*Seb Coe On Gatlin's Win: “The second ban, we went for an eight-year ban, which would have, in essence, been a life ban. We lost that.”
*Bolt: “London, I really appreciate the support you gave me. I’m just sorry I couldn’t deliver as I wanted. It is one of those things.”
"We shouldn't be sitting there saying you are suddenly going to find another Usain Bolt any more than just boxing suddenly found another Muhammad Ali."
Reavis' wants Seb Coe to remember as he tries to improve the sport that "people can't root for shoe company logos" and argues with the team component, the NCAA 4x4 would have been "just another tight, but overall meaningless exhibition of track excellence."
*Ken Goe Agrees And Commends Vin Lannana And TrackTown USA On Trying To Build The Team Concept WIth The TrackTown Summer Series
The idea is to erase records that occurred before there was proper out-of-competition testing and stored frozen samples. Records that would be scrapped include Flo-Jo's 100/200 marks, Hicham El Guerrouj's 1500m mark, Paula Radcliffe's 2:15:25 marathon and numerous marks set by Eastern Bloc countries during the state-sponsored doping era.
*The Telegraph: "Paula Radcliffe Reacts With Fury" "It is a heavy-handed way to wipe out some really suspicious records in a cowardly way by simply sweeping all aside instead of having the guts to take the legal plunge..."
*Quotes From European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen And Seb Coe Coe: "There will be athletes, current record holders, who will feel that the history we are recalibrating will take something away from them but I think this is a step in the right direction..."
*MB: IAAF Set to Wipe all pre 2005 World Records from the Books
Did you know Coe actually anchored GB's 4x400 squad a couple of times at the championship level?
Butcher has read the IAAF's most recent report on the Russians and finds it to be amazingly good. Read the full report for yourself here.
The Chancellor is the chief ambassador of the university, presides over ceremonial functions and confers degrees on graduates of the university.
"'Who knows (if athletics has turned a corner) but we're stronger than we were this time last year. That's all I can say.'