Coe: IAAF could fail to regain trust during his presidency

Published Dec. 2, 2015 11:25 a.m. EST

LONDON (AP) Sebastian Coe says athletics could fail to regain the trust of the world while he is IAAF president, with Russia already suspended from the sport for systematic doping.

Appearing in front of the British parliamentary sports committee, Coe says unless the IAAF is cleaned up ''there are no tomorrows for my sport. This is the crossroads.''

Despite the gravity of the crisis, Coe says he won't speak to the husband-and-wife team of whistleblowers who blew the Russian doping scandal wide open until after all inquiries are over.

Coe was elected IAAF president in August, and says he will serve only two four-year terms.


The former British Olympic champion told legislators on Wednesday that ''returning trust will be a longer journey, and probably see out my mandate.''