Coe cleared af­ter en­quiry into Qatari bribes ru­mours

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LON­DON: The IAAF’s Ethics Board has backed Se­bas­tian Coe af­ter the pres­i­dent of athletics’ gov­ern­ing body de­nied dis­cussing ru­mours that Qatari of­fi­cials had been pay­ing bribes in a bid to se­cure host­ing rights for the 2017 world cham­pi­onships.

The Board said on Mon­day it had found no ev­i­dence of bribery at­tempts or that In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Athletics Fed­er­a­tions Pres­i­dent (IAAF) Coe had been aware or or dis­uccsed them.

It would not be open­ing a for­mal in­vesit­ga­tion into the process, which ended with Lon­don be­ing se­lected as host city, he said.

Ed Warner, Chair­man of UK Athletics, told BBC Ra­dio in Jan­uary that the night be­fore the IAAF Coun­cil’s vote on the award­ing of the 2017 cham­pi­onships in Novem­ber 2011, he (as the head of the suc­cess­ful Lon­don bid team) was in­formed by a “se­nior per­son within the IAAF” of ru­mours that IAAF Coun­cil mem­bers were be­ing called to re­ceive “brown en­velopes” con­tain­ing cash from the Qatari del­e­ga­tion.

Warner re­peated the claim in a Bri­tish Par­lia­men­tary hear­ing and later told the Ethics Board that the se­nior per­son was Coe, who at the time was head of the 2012 Olympics and IAAF vice pres­i­dent

A state­ment is­sued by the Ethics Board on Mon­day said that Coe had told the board that he had “no rec­ol­lec­tion of hear­ing such a ru­mour or there­fore of com­mu­ni­cat­ing it to Mr Warner”.

The Board con­tacted four wit­nesses and all mem­bers of the IAAF Coun­cil at the time, none of whom sup­ported Warner’s claim.

The state­ment said the pur­pose of the Board’s pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion was to de­ter­mine if there was enough ev­i­dence to es­tab­lish that cash pay­ments may have been made with im­proper in­tent or to have in­flu­enced the in­tegrity of the award de­ci­sion for the 2017 World cham­pi­onships.

“The Ethics Board could not make such de­ter­mi­na­tion sim­ply on the ba­sis of any ru­mours that may have been cir­cu­lat­ing in or about Novem­ber 2011 and noth­ing more. “As a re­sult of its pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions, and not­ing that there is no doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence to cor­rob­o­rate Mr Warner’s rec­ol­lec­tion, the Ethics Board does not con­sider that it has suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence at present to open, un­der its pro­ce­dural rules, a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “—Reuters

Se­bas­tian Coe

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