Lord Coe: Athletes shouldn’t have to reveal medical details to prove they’re clean

Lord Coe: Athletes shouldn't have to reveal medical details to prove they're clean

LORD COE yesterday said that international athletes should not feel they have to reveal their personal and private medical details to prove they are clean and have not been blood-doping.

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Lord Coe doesn't believe athletes should be pressured into revealing their blood results publicly

Coe, standing against Ukraine's Sergey Bubka in next week's IAAF presidential election in Beijing, was speaking the day after the federation announced historic bans on 28 athletes following the re-testing of samples from the 2005 and 2007 world championships.

In the wake of the recent controversies, some athletes, including Britain's double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, revealed details of their testing histories but Coe says he does not want them to do that.

"I would not want athletes to feel that they were being pressurised or bullied into putting out private medical background and data that could be misinterpreted as one-off readings. There is no onus on them to do that," he said.

In more athletics news, Martyn Rooney has been named as Britain's team captain for the World Championships in Beijing. The European 400 metres champion only earned an individual spot in the team on appeal, having initially been included just in the 4x400m relay squad.

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