Sebastian Coe, who was recently elected as the new head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has vowed to stand by his campaign pledge to establish an independent anti-doping body for the embattled sport.

The world governing body of athletics has been battered by doping allegations over the last few weeks of widespread doping and claims of no action against cheats.

The 58-year-old Briton remarked an independent body is the only way for ensuring an end to all questions about the vigilance of the IAAF. The new IAAF President said we do have to recognize that there is too broad a view that this something – whether real or perceived – that there are conflicts and loopholes and added that an independent system is what we need to close down any thought that we are doing anything other than being entirely vigilant about that.

Coe remarked he is happy to inherit a “very strong sport” from Senegalese Lamine Diack. Coe won the IAAF Presidency by beating Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka 115-92 in a ballot of the IAAF’s 50th Congress. Coe will take his job on August 31, a day after the world championships end inBeijing. A twice Olympic 1,500 meters champion, Coe remarked he have had all the joys of Olympic competition and he had the joys of being part of something special in London a few years ago, but this for him is the pinnacle.

Coe also remarked he will do everything within my human capabilities to make sure our sport maintains the values, maintains the strong legacies and the very, very firm foundations that President Diack has left me. Coe, who was highly successful as the head of the organizers for the 2012 London Olympics, said there is zero tolerance to the abuse of doping in sport and he wants to continue that.

The credibility of the IAAF came under repeated attacks in recent weeks after a leaked database of 12,000 tests had revealed “extraordinary” levels of doping. The doping allegations were slammed by Diack as “sensationalist and confusing”.

The IAAF recently banned 28 athletes from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships after their samples were retested. A few days back, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) stripped the London 2012 Olympic 1,500m champion Asli Cakir Alptekin of her gold medal after the IAAF made its case against decision of the Turkish athletics federation. Alptekin received a doping ban of eight years after abnormal values were found in her blood samples.

In another development, the outgoing IAAF President Lamine Diack said track and field’s doping detractors had painted the sport as a “monster”. The 82-year-old, who is stepping down as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after 16 years in charge, remarked we have the world championships here in Beijing and people will say 80 percent of the athletes are bound to test positive but that is absolutely not true. Diack added the IAAF spends millions of dollars every year to ensure athletes are protected and remain clean.

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