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World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe voted onto the IOC

World Athletics has not had any representation within the IOC since the departure of Sebastian Coe’s predecessor Lamine Diack in 2015 amid a corruption scandal and subsequent trial.

By: Reuters | July 17, 2020 10:35:46 pm
Sebastian Coe was elected during an IOC session. (Source: File)

World Athletics President Sebastian Coe was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday, ending the sport’s five-year absence from the Olympic body.

Coe, a double Olympic 1500 metres champion, was elected during an IOC session. He was nominated last month pending proof he had stepped down from an active role in a consultancy firm.

The athletics body has not had any representation within the IOC since the departure of Coe’s predecessor Lamine Diack in 2015 amid a corruption scandal and subsequent trial.

For decades, membership of the IOC for the head of athletics was almost automatic.

The IOC, however, had denied membership to Coe, a federation vice-president under Diack and British sporting great, saying there was a potential conflict of interest with his consultancy post.

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