IAAF members back sweeping reforms


Sebastian Coe's plans to reform the IAAF have moved a step closer after his proposals were resoundingly backed by member nations at the IAAF Congress in Monaco.

Athletics' governing body has been dogged by scandal in the past 12 months, with Russian track and field athletes banned from the Rio 2016 Olympics after claims of state-sponsored doping.

Kenya was also the subject of an investigation after the country was found to be in breach of WADA's anti-doping code, while Lamine Diack - the former IAAF president - has been embroiled in corruption allegations.

Diack's replacement, Coe, has been keen to rebuild the sport's image since taking office in August 2015 and proposed a series of reforms, under the banner of a 'Time for Change', to help begin that process.

Within those recommendations is the intention to establish a new integrity unit to deal with all anti-doping matters, while presidents would only be able to serve for 12 years and would have some powers taken away from them.

IAAF member nations voted 182 of 192 in favour of Coe's plans - five nations having abstained.

"Let me thank you for the confidence that you have shown the Council today in the reform proposals that you have agreed to," said Coe. "This is a very important moment in the history of our sport."