Exclusive: Poll Shows Support for Bubka in IAAF Race

August 10, 2015

By Christian Radnedge

Sergey Bubka is the right man to lead the reform of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), medic according to the sports business industry.

The results of the poll, pills run by iSportconnect across its membership and database over the first week of August, order viagra | in who should be elected as the new president of the organisation later this month in Beijing, saw Bubka garner more votes than his rival Seb Coe.

It’s a strong vote of confidence in the Ukrainian International Olympic Committee member and former pole vaulter, who is seeking to beat the man who masterminded the successful London 2012 Olympic Games.

Coe has received the backing of a number of national athletics federations, most recently Canada, Hungary, Denmark and Sweden.

Fellow IAAF vice-president Bubka got the backing of his first nation this week in the form of Kazakhstan.

The governing body of athletics has had to deal with a series of firestorms recently, most notably reports of athletes competing and winning, perhaps unfairly, with suspicious blood tests.

The allegations, reported by The Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD, were described by Coe as a “declaration of war” on the sport of athletics.

Coe told the BBC: “I don’t think anyone should underestimate the anger which is felt in our sport in the betrayal of the last few days of our sport.

“We have led the way on out-of-competition independent testing, we have led the way on laboratories, we were the first sport to have arbitration panels, we introduced blood passports in 2009 because we wanted to elevate the science around weeding out the cheats.”

Bubka pledged last week that athletics must improve the speed and transparency of doping tests.

He said: “We cannot fail because the world would lose faith not only in athletics but in other sports and that would be a catastrophe for young people worldwide.

“We must be more proactive and even more transparent in our aggressive pursuit of a zero tolerance policy against doping cheats.”

The battle to succeed long-serving president Lamine Diack takes place at the IAAF Congress on August 19; the eve of the World Championships in China.


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