Athletics: New IAAF head seeks `flexible' approach on drugs
Friday 19 November 1999
He said: "We started the battle against doping and we continue to lead the struggle. Now the International Olympic Committee and governments are joining forces with us. But some cases are very iffy. Sometimes we will have to be lenient. We have to talk to the athletes, to listen."
Christie and Sotomayor firmly deny ever taking drugs.
Diack is acting as president of the IAAF until the next congress in 2001 after the death of Primo Nebiolo, who prided himself on leading the struggle against drugs. Under IAAF rules any athlete who tests positive must be banned and Diack said he was not planning to let up in the fight against drug taking. "If there is cheating in athletics there is no credibility. We have $1.2m (pounds 750,000) set aside in our budget for the battle," he said.
Diack endorsed Nebiolo's World Championship plan. "Primo Nebiolo knew that, if we could engage in long-term marketing and television contracts, it would be very beneficial," he said. "I expect the 2003 World Championships to be at the Stade de France, and 2005 to be at Wembley."
Wembley will not be completed until mid-2003. "It is simple," Diack said. "One city is ready, the other is not."
Diack, aged 66, a former French long jump champion, heralded a more collegiate approach to the IAAF. "The era of kings, dictators and popes is over," he said in a reference to his predecessor.
Latest in Sport
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Watch the moment a basketball player reassures a small boy after a mass brawl erupted on court
Eden Hazard didn't like the champagne on offer in the Chelsea dressing room
Jon Stewart brings The Daily Show to WWE Raw as Seth Rollins pays the price for feud with TV presenter
Why Manchester City could turn to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers if Manuel Pellegrini is dismissed
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Ed Miliband less influential than One Direction's Louis Tomlinson in official Doncaster power list
- 3 Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
- 4 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The fastest growing fitness cha...
£16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of Teleradiology s...
£19000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This leading provider of Telera...
£14600 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Established in 2003 the company...