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Coe's ignorance on corruption questioned

Press Association logoPress Association 10/01/2017 Matt Slater

Sebastian Coe faces fresh questions about what he knew of corruption within athletics before his election as president of the sport's governing body the IAAF after British MPs heard evidence that "undermined" his claims of ignorance.

Coe told the Culture, Media and Sport select committee in December 2015 that he was unaware of any specific allegations about the extent of Russian doping or that senior IAAF officials were extorting money from Russian athletes to bury positive drug tests until German broadcaster ARD broke the story on December 3, 2014.

But Dave Bedford told the same committee today that he had called and emailed Coe to warn him about the scandal in August 2014 and had then spoken to him about a related matter on November 21, two weeks before the ARD broadcast.

Coe told MPs he simply forwarded Bedford's emails to the IAAF's new ethics board without reading them properly or opening the attached documents.

Bedford, the former London Marathon race director and chairman of the IAAF's road racing commission, said he was "very surprised and quite disappointed" when he heard Coe say that.

In summing up his evidence to the committee, Conservative MP Nigel Huddleston said it was clear that Bedford's answers had "undermined" Coe's version of events.

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