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SBD Global/November 8, 2012/Olympics
Coe Voted In As BOA Chief, Vows To Crack Down On Doping
Published November 8, 2012
CRACKDOWN ON DRUGS: In London, Owen Gibson reported Coe has said that he will continue the BOA's "push for tougher penalties for drug cheats." Coe: "You know where I come from over drugs. I've been battling that for as long as I've effectively been a competitor. We will need to think about how we adapt to that landscape. I will chair an organisation that will always take a zero tolerance approach to drug abuse in sport, but we have to recognise that we are in a much more complex and complicated legal landscape than we were 30 years ago" (GUARDIAN, 11/7). Also in London, Ashling O'Connor reported that Coe was "cautious about going as far as Australia," which has proposed asking its Olympic athletes, coaches and officials to sign a sworn declaration that they have never doped in their careers. If they lie under oath, "they face up to seven years in jail." Coe: “We have to be very careful about how you ask athletes to sign anything.” Coe said he had “thought long and hard” about putting his name forward for the chairmanship, an unpaid voluntary job. The BOA has had "fractious relationships with other sports organisations" including LOCOG (LONDON TIMES, 11/7).