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The Independent - United Kingdom | Thursday, August 20, 2015

Drain the doping swamp in athletics

The former middle-distance track champion Sebastian Coe was named the new president of the IAAF, or International Association of Athletics Federations, on Wednesday. Cracking down on doping will be the British gold medallist's biggest challenge, the centre-left daily The Independent believes: "Coe will also have to find a way to police the parts of the sport that do not want to be policed. Life bans for convicted drugs cheats would be an important first step. Next, if anti-doping authorities in individual countries do not fully co-operate with requests from his independent body, he must consider bans for entire nations. He will also have to find the money to fund it. The body's current annual revenue is approximately £40m. Contrast that with the £14bn made by Nike and Adidas."

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