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SBD Global/April 26, 2013/Olympics
BOA Chair Sebastian Coe Wants To Bring Organization To More Stable Financial Footing
Published April 26, 2013
LIFETIME BANS DEFEAT: In London, Ashling O'Connor reported the BOA has "abandoned its push to impose a lifetime ban for drugs cheats as legally unworkable." Coe said "the train had left the station" on the issue as the World Anti-Doping Agency moved toward "doubling the current two-year ban for serious first-time offences." Coe: "I don’t think you will ever get as a first response a lifetime ban. The landscape legally is too complicated." His comments "end any speculation that Britain might continue to be out of step with the rest of the world despite the overwhelming support of British athletes" (LONDON TIMES, 4/25).
WOODWARD'S ROLE AXED: In London, Simon Hart wrote Coe has drawn a line under Clive Woodward's controversial tenure as BOA director of elite performance "by insisting that the BOA will no longer involve itself with coaching athletes or mentoring coaches." One of Coe's first acts was to initiate a review of the BOA's activities and, after several months of consultation, he confirmed on Thursday that the organization was no longer seeking a role on the performance side of Olympic sport and would now be part of a "collaborative landscape" (TELEGRAPH, 4/25).