An email published on Tuesday by the culture, media, and sport committee from British athletics has hinted out that Sebastian Coe, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, might have misled British lawmakers concerning the Russian doping scandal.

The world athletics chief told a House of Commons committee in December 2015 that he was “not aware” of specific allegations of corruption in Russian athletics until a German documentary in December 2014. However, the recently-released emails suggest Coe had knowledge of the corruption and doping scandal four months before they became public.

Coe, a member of Britain’s unelected House of Lords, was asked by MPs to re-appear before the committee following evidence from former athlete David Bedford that appeared to contradict that of Coe.

Sebastian Coe, the Olympic 1500 meters champion at both the 1980 and 1984 Games in Moscow and Los Angeles, has agreed to two requests to make public correspondence he had with Michael Beloff, the chairman of the IAAF ethics commission, and a leading English lawyer.

Former athlete and administrator Dave Bedford, a former 10,000 meters world record holder, had told the committee that he had sent Sebastian Coe, who was then the vice president of the IAAF, an email with an attachment in August 2014 which contained an explosive allegation. It was claimed by Andrei Baranov, the agent of Russian marathon runner Shobukhova, that she had been blackmailed by Russian and IAAF officials including Papa Massata Diack, the then IAAF president Lamine Diack’s son, to the tune of 450,000 euros (£356,000) over a failed dope test.

Former London Marathon race director David Bedford, in his evidence to the select committee in December, expressed surprise and disappointment that Coe who became president of the IAAF in August 2015, said he had not opened the attachments.

In the latest emails to surface, Coe wrote to Michael Beloff, chair of the IAAF ethics commission dated August 2014 reads that Coe has in the last couple of days received copied documentation of serious allegations being made by and on behalf of the Russian female athlete Shobukhova from David Bedford.

The contents of the email were revealed hours before Nick Davies, the then IAAF deputy secretary under Coe, was expelled from the IAAF over allegations that he was one of three officials who took money to delay naming Russian cheats.

Coe emailed Beloff to say he had received copied documentation of serious allegations being made by and on behalf of the Russian female athlete Shobukhova from David Bedford. Coe then asked Beloff whether he should forward the documents and stated that the purpose of this note is of course to advise you that he had now been made aware of the allegations and Beloff asked Coe to forward the documents.

However, Coe has maintained that he never opened the attachment and sent it on instead to the ethics commission of the world governing body of athletics. Coe also said he first came to know about the doping and corruption allegations in a German documentary in December 2014. Coe argued that the “allegations” referred to were already widely known as Shobukhova was issued with a high profile ban from athletics only four months before the correspondence.

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