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Sebastian Coe officially announces bid to become IAAF President

Editor: Zhang Pengfei 丨Xinhua

11-28-2014 10:20 BJT

LONDON, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Two-time Olympic middle-distance champion Sebastian Coe officially announced that he is running for president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The decision by the 58-year-old Coe had been widely expected.

Coe won gold medals in the 1,500 meters at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics and headed the organizing committee of the 2012 London Games. He has been an IAAF vice president since 2007.

"As I speak to friends and colleagues around our great sport I appreciate that we are entering a very important time for athletics and that it is the right time to open up a discussion about the future," Coe said in a statement.

"That discussion needs to focus on how we build on the many achievements of recent years, recognize that we have new challenges in a new era and how we can tackle those challenges with vision and ambition."

Coe is expected to face competition from Sergey Bubka, who won the Olympic pole vault gold medal in 1988 and broke the world record 35 times. The Ukrainian, who is also an IAAF vice president, has not yet formally announced his candidacy to replace Lamine Diack who has been president since 1999.

The election will be held Aug. 18 at the IAAF congress in Beijing on the eve of the 2015 world championships.

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