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SBD Global/December 31, 2012/People and Pop Culture

Whistleblower Comes Out Saying Seb Coe's Last Track Race Was Fixed For Him To Win

A runner in former LOCOG Chair SEBASTIAN COE's final track race in Great Britain has come out saying that it "was fixed" and that he "accepted a payment of about $10,000 to lose the competition," according to the HERALD SCOTLAND. Ex-British int'l athlete IKEM BILLY said that he was told by ANDY NORMAN, who was then promotions director of the British Athletic Federation, "to throw a race in Sept. '89 in order to allow Coe to win." Norman was Billy's agent at the time, as well as the race promoter. Coe "is not accused of being complicit in the fix or of knowing about Billy being paid to lose." Billy said that he was approached by Norman less than an hour before he was due to race. He said that on top of his race fee of about $5,000, he was also offered $10,000 to lose (athletics fees then were paid in U.S. currency). Billy claimed that the approach "was witnessed by another runner who competed in a different race at the meeting." Billy: "I hold my hands up. I was paid to finish second. I admit that it was fixed. Andy paid me to finish second. He told me: 'Make sure you don't win.' Everyone was scared of Andy. He dominated the sport" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 12/30).
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