(ATR) Australian John Coates influences the Olympic Movement on national and worldwide levels.
For the past 22 years, he has been president of the Australian Olympic Committee, a period that included the Sydney Olympics. As AOC president, Coates has been an active protagonist in the fight against doping and athlete misbehavior.
Coates has launched a proposal that would require Australian Olympians to sign a statement that they have not engaged in doping. Those not signing would not be allowed on the team.
An IOC member since 2000, Coates now serves as a member of the Executive Board. This puts him in line to influence important decisions in 2013, such as the sports program for the 2020 Games and the election of the next IOC president.
Coates, 62, is also president of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. While he doesn’t adjudicate cases, he has the responsibility of making sure CAS operates fairly and efficiently as the ultimate arbitrator for cases large and small.
Coates also was named to pick the members of a commission that will advise cycling federation UCI on changes needed in the wake of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal.
2012 Golden 25: Unranked
Written and reported by the ATR Staff.