Sebastian Coe Drops Out of BBC Trust Chairman Race to Focus On IAAF Presidency Bid

July 29, 2014

British Olympic Association chief Sebastian Coe has pulled out of the race to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust to focus on his impending bid to become International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president.

The London 2012 head, who is also chairman of CSM Sports & Entertainment, was reportedly the government’s preferred candidate for the role but told the Daily Mail he did not have the “capacity” for the job.

The 1980 and 1984 1500-metre Olympic champion said: “I did allow my name to go forward to give myself time to properly analyse whether I had enough time to do the job to the best of my abilities.

“On reflection, I haven’t the capacity and I now want to concentrate on my current commitments and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) election. As everyone knows, athletics is in my DNA.”

Coe is competing against fellow IAAF vice-president Sergey Bubka to succeed Lamine Diack, who will step down from the IAAF presidency in 2015 having been elected to the position in 1999.

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