Sebastian Coe remains the best man to turn around the IAAF's ruined reputation, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigator Dick Pound has said.
Athletics' world governing body has come in for severe criticism upon the publishing of the second part of a report by an independent commission established by WADA, which claims the IAAF could not have been unaware about the extent of doping in the highest level of the sport.
Coe, who was elected IAAF president in August, as sat on the IAAF Council while countries such as Russia exploited a leadership that was described on Thursday as "imbedded" with corruption.
But Pound told a news conference on Thursday with Coe in attendance: "As far as the ability of Lord Coe to remain at the head of the IAAF, I think it's a fabulous opportunity for the IAAF, to seize this opportunity and under a strong leadership to move forward.
"There's an enormous amount of reputational recovery that has to occur here and I can't think of anyone better than Lord Coe to lead that. All our fingers are crossed in that respect."