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Lord Coe: Dark days for athletics

Lord Coe. Credit: PA

Lord Seb Coe admits these are "dark days" for athletics but has stressed his determination to lead the sport down the "long road to redemption".

It emerged on Friday that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ethics commission had brought disciplinary charges against four men, including the son of former president Lamine Diack and the former head of its anti-doping department, amid the corruption crisis engulfing the sport.

French police had already revealed Diack, who was succeeded as head of the IAAF by Coe in August, was being investigated over an alleged payment of more than €1million to cover up doping offences by Russian athletes.

Asked on Sunday for his reaction to those developments, Coe told BBC Radio Five Live: "Clear shock, a great deal of anger and a lot of sadness.

"These are dark days for our sport but I'm more determined than ever to rebuild the trust in our sport. It is not going to be a short journey… I am determined to rebuild and repair the sport with my colleagues.

"But this is a long road to redemption."

Ennis-Hill named Sportswoman of the Year

Jessica Ennis-Hill won gold in the heptathlon at the 2015 World Championships. Credit: DPA

Jessica Ennis-Hill won gold again in 2015, this time at the Sportswomen of the Year awards on Friday evening.

The Olympic heptathlon champion returned from giving birth to her first child to land World Championship gold in Beijing in August.

Ennis-Hill said: "When I think back to the year it has been incredibly hard. Just adjusting to life as a mum and having those amazing experiences, and coming back into training and reaching the top of my career again, it's been absolutely incredible. I really didn't think I would win the gold medal."

England's hockey side were named Team of the Year.They came from 2-0 behind to force a penalty shoot-out in which they beat Holland to take the EuroHockey title in August.


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