first_imgAsked about his comments of setting up of an independent Asked about his comments of setting up of an independent anti-doping body in the run-up to his presidential elections, he said, “I had laid down 5-6 objectives which I want to implement in the first 100 days of my office. “One is introducing more independence in our sample testing system. We have a long gap between positive test and sanction and it is too long. Because of this, there can be media speculation and I think we can have a faster system. “We cannot do it alone, the national federations and national doping agencies have a big role. Educating young athletes is important and we are thinking of introducing a Values Commission to educate young athletes against doping,” he said. Coe also brushed aside any fears of athletics losing its pre-eminence in Olympic sports after the retirement of Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt who has indicated that he may call it quits after the 2016 World Athletics Championships. “Of course, after Muhammad Ali, we have not seen any athlete in any sport who have caught the imagination of the world like Usain Bolt. But our sport is not all about Bolt. “We have some of the most talented athletes in the world in any sport. Athletics will not come to an end after Bolts retirement. The same thing happened when Ali was to retire. Everybody said what will happen to boxing after Alis retirement but boxing survived Alis retirement.” PTI PDS BS CMadvertisementlast_img

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