Video: 'Were you asleep on the job or corrupt?' - Watch Jon Snow interrogate Sebastian Coe
Published 10/11/2015 | 13:22
A devastating report into sports doping, bribery and corruption could see Russian athletes banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) released a 350-page report on Monday which claims that a state-sponsored programme of secret doping took place at a laboratory in Moscow.
On Monday evening, Sebastian Coe, the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and previously its deputy president, faced Jon Snow in an interview on Channel 4.
He was asked why, as head of the world's athletics governing body, he had failed to uncover what appeared to be such a widespread practice of cheating in his sport.
He faced quite a grilling:
"You are one of the greatest sportsmen that has ever run for Britain, and yet you became the president of an organisation which turns out to have been desperately corrupt at the very top, desperately failing on the job it had, and surely people would have thought: 'He of all people will carry the baton and scour this place for this kind of stuff'."
"And Jon, that is my responsibility now."
"But did you do it?"
"That is my position now. I'm now in a position as president to effect the changes that I want and they will be effected in the light of the criminal allegations that have been made and the report that was made today."
Lord Coe that simply isn't going to wash. You were deputy president, you were the number two in the entire outfit, and you made no effort to scour the place for drugs.
No, Jon. I was deputy chairman, vice-president, in an organisation but those allegations have come, as Dick Pound said today himself, they have come as a shock to us all.
Either you were asleep on the job, or people can say: 'There are only two choices here - asleep on the job, or corrupt.' Which is it?
Watch the whole thing below:
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