Lord Coe has expressed his interest at becoming the next president of the IAAF, the sports top governing body.

Coe, who was appointed chairman of the British Olympic Association after spearheading the successful bid for the 2012 Olympics, announced his intentions ahead of next year's vote, reports BBC Sport.

"It's my sport and it's the basis of everything I've ever done, so why wouldn't I want to take that role?" he shared. "I will have to think long and hard about it."

Current president, Senegalese Lamine Diack, will step down from his position next year after 16 years in charge of the governing body.

And the 80 year-old has given his backing to Coe, should the Englishman decide to run for the role. "He is a wonderful leader," he said. "He was a wonderful athlete and he is a competent man."

Should Coe, who became a household name in the late 70s and early 80s after forming a great rivalry with fellow middle-distance runner Steve Ovett, decide to bid for the top job of the body, he knows he will more than likely be up against some stiff competition.

However, the 57-year-old insists if there is a bid, he will do all he can to win, adding; "I've always said that if I'm given the opportunity to shape the future of my sport I will grab it."

And he would surely be a strong candidate. The former politician was regarded as almost singlehandedly winning London the right to host the 2012 Games after his presentation to the IOC.

If he were to run, and then won, he would be the first British president of the IAAF since Lord Burghley who had the role from 1946-1976.

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