International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe gestures as he addresses a press conference in New Delhi on October 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN
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Athletics has been at the forefront in the fight against doping and its world governing body will do everything to protect the clean athletes, president Sebastian Coe said Monday.The twice Olympic 1,500-meter champion was elected in August to head the International Association of Athletics Federations which has been accused of going soft on doping after thousands of blood test data were leaked to media.Coe said athletics has been "at the vanguard" in the fight against doping and promised to rid the sport of the menace.The Briton said IAAF tested 19,000 athletes since 2003-04, more than any other sport, and felt there was a perception issue.Coe hailed six-time Olympic champion Bolt but said athletics would not collapse when the charismatic Jamaican hangs up his spikes, most likely after the 2017 world championships.
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