Some really obtuse and biased comments on here. Yes he was a Tory MP. Don't like Tories? Fine. I've never voted for them either.
But really, what would you expect any person in his position to say in response to the recent allegations, other than what he did!?
For a start he was Vice President at the time, not President, so all the insinuations that he was responsible in any way for the cover up is nothing more than rumour. The buck stops with Lamine Diack (or Lame Duck) at present. If Coe had responded favourably to the Times/ARD findings and admitted there was a problem, he'd basically be saying that Diack was corrupt, incompetent and a bad IAAF President. Even if any or all of those descriptions are true, what do you think would have happened to his chances of becoming the new President had he welcomed the findings and thus implied Diack's failings? Diack and his supporters would have immediately backed Bubka. End result, Bubka becomes new IAAF president and Coe cannot implement any of his proposed reforms.
Yes, I agree he was heavy handed and clumsy with his initial response and calling of the scientists, "so-called experts", but be under no illusion about Coe's passion for the sport. He's a self made man and has no need to continue working at such a level. He's a Lord for G**s sake! People are not aware of the dedication, motivation and time consumption that is required to do what Coe has done over the past 10 years, first with the London Games and now with the IAAF. He is a shrewd man and is thinking long term. People criticised him prior to 2012 and he delivered. Let's wait and see what he can do if and when he becomes the IAAF president. And don't expect things to change overnight. As someone else on here pointed out, he is 1 man and has to work within the structure he has inherited. Yes, he can do things to change this, but it will take a lot of coercion and time. People need to give him at least 2 years before any sort of verdict can be given. I for one expect him to do a lot in terms of clamping down on doping. But even here his hands are tied. When the IAAF tried to impose 4 year and life bans for some convictions, they were deemed illegal in Europe, contravening EU human rights for someone to earn a living. How does he get round that one? Do any of you have any idea how many legal cases the IAAF are fighting at any one time? They can only do so much with limited resources.