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Seb Coe to double budget for doping fight

IAAF president Lord Coe will double the world governing body’s anti-doping budget as part of his plan to rebuild trust in athletics.

Since Coe was elected, Russia has been barred from world athletics for alleged involvement in widespread doping.

Coe’s predecessor Lamine Diack is the subject of a police investigation, while IAAF official Nick Davies has stepped aside over a separate matter.

Coe said: “Be under no illusion about how seriously I take these issues.”

The 59-year-old Briton, a former Olympic 1500m champion, was elected president of the IAAF in August.

As well as taking the IAAF’s anti-doping budget to £5.45m, Coe wants to appoint a new chief executive by the middle of 2016, establish a separate integrity unit for athletics before this summer’s Olympics, and double the international testing pool of athletes to 1,000.

The integrity unit, one of Coe’s election manifesto promises, will review issues such as doping, corruption, betting and age manipulation.

 

Culled from the BBC

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