Sebastian Coe told reporters on Sunday (August 13) that he did not like to see athletes who have served doping bans win gold medals but insisted Justin Gatlin's victory in the 100-metre final would not define the 2017 IAAF World Championships.
SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 13, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "I think the guiding principle for me is really simple; I would rather not see athletes who have been tested positive in the past walking away and winning titles in some of the biggest moments in our sport. But this is a, you know, as I said this is a history and I don't think the IAAF or any organization has singled Justin Gatlin out and as Ed (Warner) said, you know, public opinion is public opinion. We're not here to choreograph that." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "No. Look Justin was eligible to be here. And as I've explained it's a, you know, this was a 17-year history the denouement we witnessed in the stadium the other night. That was only a third, actually if you don't mind me saying, of the story you know and it was important to remember that you know at the same time Usain (Bolt) was leaving the stage - that was a big, big moment - and let's not overlook the fact that we may just have unearthed the future of sprinting for the next four or five years (U.S. sprinter Christian Coleman). So, no I don't think that that was a, you know, that was a moment that's going to A define these championships or B define the next five or 10 years of the sport." STORY: Sebastian Coe told reporters on Sunday (August 13) that he did not like to see athletes who have served doping bans win gold medals but insisted Justin Gatlin's victory in the 100-metre final would not define the 2017 IAAF World Championships. U.S. sprinter Gatlin, 35, who has served two suspensions in his career, beat compatriot Christian Coleman and Usain Bolt in the championships' blue riband event on August 5. In what is Bolt's last championships before he retires the eight-times Olympic champion could only manage bronze as Gatlin stole the show and was booed roundly by the crowd. Coe said Galtin beating Bolt would not define the event adding that the 100-metre race welcomed Coleman on to the world stage after the young American claimed silver. Coe also said he never liked to see any athlete get booed. The IAAF president also said that the next world championships would take place in Doha despite the political tensions in the region and his team would begin planning almost immediately. Coe is also hoping the IAAF will submit a report to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the next few weeks to address the matter of female athletes who have naturally high levels of testosterone. The IAAF rule limiting the amount of naturally occurring functional testosterone for female athletes was suspended for two years in 2015 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which allowed athletes like South Africa's Caster Semenya to make a comeback. The 26-year-old claimed bronze in the women's 1500 metres earlier this week and is the runaway favourite for the 800m, where she seeks a third world title to add to Olympic gold from Rio de Janeiro last year.