Sebastian Coe receives European support in IAAF presidency race

Published Add your comment

Football News

Sebastian Coe has edged closer to securing the IAAF presidency after winning public declarations of support of 12 European countries.

Lord Coe is running against Sergey Bubka, the former Olympic pole vault champion from Ukraine, with the election to take place on August 19 in Beijing.

Coe's team insist they are taking nothing for granted in the run-up to the election but nevertheless the declarations indicate he is well out in front in the race to succeed Lamine Diack.

Do you have what it takes? Sign up today and send over your 250 word test article:

The double Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist and former London 2012 chairman has been promised the support of Athletic Association Small States of Europe (AASSE), a group of nine countries, plus Estonia, Ireland and Italy.

Jonas Egilsson, president of the AASSE, told that the nine countries had decided to vote for Coe as president and Bubka as vice-president. The group is made up of Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino.

Coe, who is also chairman of the British Olympic Association, is continuing to campaign hard - he is visiting Romania at the weekend to attend a regional athletics event involving Balkan countries, and then heading to Costa Rica for a similar event involving nations from north and central America.

He has been targeting the small nations and has promised an 'Olympic athletics dividend' to all of the IAAF's 214 member federations if he is elected. This pay-out would be funded through half of the fee received from the International Olympic Committee and would be more than 100,000 US dollars (£64,000) for each federation.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Commonwealth Games

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again