Golden 25 - #4 - IAAF President Sebastian Coe

(ATR) Coe faces major challenges to clean up athletics…

MONACO - NOVEMBER 26:  Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF answers questions from the media during a press conference following the IAAF Council Meeting at the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel on November 26, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
MONACO - NOVEMBER 26: Lord Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF answers questions from the media during a press conference following the IAAF Council Meeting at the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel on November 26, 2015 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

(ATR) With athletics reeling from the revelations on state-sponsored doping in Russia, the IAAF crisis is about to get worse.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe is number 4 in the Around the Rings Golden 25 for 2016. Now in its 20th year, the survey ranks 25 individuals or events expected to have a major influence on the Olympics in the year ahead.

On Jan. 14, the second portion of WADA’s Independent Commission report on corruption allegations at the IAAF will be published. Commission chair Richard Pound said it would have a "wow" factor, an indication that it could make for unpleasant reading for Coe.

Already on the back foot after the WADA report on systemic doping in Russian athletics and predecessor Lamine Diack’s role in a cover-up, the IAAF crisis may plunge to a new low before Coe can start to properly address the malaise.

The double Olympic gold medalist has the unenviable task of tackling the fresh revelations while dealing with the Russian doping scandal and the country’s attempts to regain IAAF membership.

Now without his trusted aide Nick Davies, who stepped down last week pending an ethics inquiry into allegations he tried to delay the reporting of Russian doping cheats, Coe, 59, will call on his London 2012 CEO Paul Deighton to assist him in the mission to restore the IAAF’s battered reputation in the coming months.

The big decision ahead for Coe is whether to readmit Russia to the global athletics family to allow its track and field athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics.

2015 ranking: 21

Written by Mark Bisson

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