Coe admits flaw in 2021 award bid

LONDON • Sebastian Coe has admitted that the procedure used by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) when awarding the 2021 world championships to the American city of Eugene was flawed.

Bjorn Eriksson, who had led a rival bid for Gothenburg to host the championships, said the IAAF president called him and admitted that it was incorrect to give the event to Eugene without a formal bidding process.

Eriksson added that Coe had stressed he had not been responsible for the decision that was made in April.

Eriksson said Coe had indicated that the Eugene award was part of an investigation by French police into corruption at the IAAF under the leadership of Lamine Diack, Coe's predecessor.

Gothenburg had said that it would bid for the championships.

But it was denied the chance when Diack and the IAAF Council - including Coe - voted to abandon a bidding process.

Eugene's claims to host the championships were pressed by Nike. Coe has an ambassadorial role with Nike worth £100,000 (S$212,000) a year.

Meanwhile, the Russian athletics federation (Araf) has accepted full suspension over its doping scandal. The IAAF said Araf had not requested a hearing.

THE TIMES, LONDON, THE GUARDIAN

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