Olympian Seb Coe has been elected president of the IAAF – the governing body of athletics. The 58-year-old pipped former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka to the post.
After receiving the news, Coe tweeted: “Delighted and humbled by the confidence shown in me by the IAAF family - thank you, now the hard work begins.”
Coe was a key figure in the successful London bid to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, as well as chair of the London 2012 organising committee. He will face a baptism of fire as he is tasked with addressing the fall-out from the recent doping allegations in athletics.
In his presidential campaign manifesto, Coe detailed an action plan promising to breathe fresh life into the sport, outlining four 'key pillars': ‘Embracing change to secure a better future’, ‘Decentralisation and empowerment’, ‘Maximising commercial growth’ and ‘Ensuring integrity and trust in everything we do’.
Double Olympic champion Mo Farah and Olympic 1500m silver medallist Steve Cram have both given their support to Coe.
Also backing Coe is UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner, who said: “It’s momentous for the sport. The challenges facing athletics are such that we need a great president right now and I do believe Seb’s got the range of skills and the character that’s required to really pull us forward.”