British Olympic Association Chair Sebastian Coe Says Athletes' Reputations Are At Risk
British Olympic Association Chair Sebastian Coe said that the World Anti-Doping Agency is "risking the reputation of some of the world's best athletes by not enforcing rigorous anti-doping regimes in Kenya and Jamaica," according to Ben Smith of the BBC. Coe: "Jamaica and Kenya are two powerhouses of track and field and we must make sure those athletes are in a system that protects the reputation of those who choose to do it cleanly." Coe, who is "expected to succeed Lamine Diack as president" of the Int'l Association of Athletics Federations in '15, defended the "world governing body's own drug testing programme and insisted the success of Usain Bolt and other Jamaican sprinters should not be viewed with suspicion." Coe said, "No one should run away with the idea that Jamaican or Kenyan athletes are sliding through a system where they are not being tested. Bolt was tested more than any athlete in any sport last year. He is the most tested athlete on the planet." Coe added that "athletics must win the war on doping or risk losing the public's trust forever." Coe: "If you said to me 'Is this a war we can afford to lose?' The answer is that it isn't" (BBC, 11/15). In Kingston, André Lowe reported Diack "also put to bed arguments that countries like Jamaica, who had featured in WADA's crosshairs over doubts in the integrity of its drug-testing machinery, could be barred from competing at the Olympics in the absence of improvements." Diack said, "I read in the newspapers how WADA are going there and they are going to suspend (Jamaica from the Olympics). They cannot suspend anybody!" (JAMAICA GLEANER, 11/17).