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A banned coach has to sever relationships with those athletes. That's what's taking place, coaches and athletes have to make judgments all the time. If you are coached by somebody, you should be absolutely comfortable that you are working in an environment that's safe and secure and is not going to damage you own reputation. An athlete should ask those questions.
We have given the opportunity for the athletes to ingest a tablet, it has a thermometer and can allow us to monitor the way they are dealing with heat and humidity, this has given us the opportunity and conditions for our medical teams and science teams to understand a great deal more about management of heat for athletes going forward.
There has been a lot of effort and time taken to understand the technology which will be transferable but this has given us an opportunity to do a lot of work through our medical teams around the management of heat, those findings will probably be more applicable and more profound for us going forward to Tokyo than they will be here.
We believe that ultimately these changes will be beneficial not only to Kenyan and East African distance runners, but to our leading athletes around the globe, because it will result in a stronger, higher-profile, commercially-successful annual showcase series for our sport, and it's important to remember that the IAAF will be creating other continental competition opportunities outside the Diamond League as we redesign the global calendar.
I have sought advice from the IAAF's Ethics Committee to review my interests and was told I could retain my positions in Nike and CSM as long as I do not seek to influence any decisions that could influence them, i'm grateful for that advice but it is clear that perception and reality have become horribly mangled.
We will get the change we want and only then will Russian athletes return to international competition, this is not about politics, this is about the protection of clean athletes. I cannot overstate the feeling around the conference call this evening about sending the strongest possible message that we can.
To regain membership to the IAAF the new federation would have to fulfil a list of criteria, an inspection team will be led by Independent Chair Rune Andersen, an independent international anti-doping expert (Norwegian) and three members of the IAAF Council who will be appointed in the next few days.
I was dismayed to see the interpretation put on our motives, our judgments and our actions, there is nothing in the history of our sport in the last 15 or 20 years other than us being on the cutting edge of either trying to develop the science of weeding out the cheats or taking the actions appropriate to finding them.
What has angered me and angered our sport is the betrayal that we are doing absolutely nothing when we have led the way on this and have consistently done so, every athlete at the world championships in 2011 and 2013 was subject to blood tests, that's unprecedented. We spend two million dollars a year( on anti-doping) and we are not a rich sport, we have 10 full time professionals.
You have to say that the scope and scale of these allegations takes it beyond simply a competitor deciding to step beyond the moral boundary, the very fact that the allegations are in the public domain means that they are serious. So, we have to be very clear that this is a very, very difficult time for our sport.
You have to say that the scope and scale of these allegations takes it beyond simply a competitor deciding to step beyond the moral boundary, this is not in every country of the world, there are 213 federations. But you do have to say a disproportionate amount of the reputational damage is in a relatively small number of countries, and I think we have to recognize this.
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