EXCLUSIVE: How Coe used British government to be elected IAAF president
British government ordered embassies to lobby to get Coe elected. Diplomatic cables & emails to accompany AP story http://bigstory.ap.org/urn:publicid:ap.org:50853c63b0a34752b9cc74c5a025785d
February 2015: The Department for Culture, Media & Sport suggests “allegations of widespread doping in Russian athletics” a reason to “maximise the level of support HMG can offer”
April 2015: Former sports minister Hugh Robertson, working on Coe’s campaign, is concerned the general election is delaying a diplomatic cable being issued, warning that “We will have let Seb down” if the instructions for embassies to lobby is not sent until June.
May 2015: As the Dip-Tel (diplomatic telegram) is prepared, one official is concerned a section “doesn’t really fit with the non-arrogant approach we are promoting.” They say it’s “essentially an internal document” (now being revealed). “Para 3” is published further down this page.
May 2015: The diplomatic telegram (Dip-Tel) marked sensitive is sent to British embassies: “We request ALL posts lobby on behalf of Lord Coe.”
June 2015: Officials discuss weeks after sending out the Dip-Tel point out in e-mail exchanges that it didn’t include “guidance on how/if political officials can lobby in support … whether this crosses any IAAF red lines.” The IAAF said today (Jan 22 2016) that it was delighted the British government helped Coe
December 2014: How Coe was kept updated on allegations surrounding Diack’s son and other IAAF corruption claims. When giving evidence about the IAAF scandal to a parliamentary select committee last month, Coe gave no clear response when asked by an MP whether he was displaying a “lack of curiosity” or “willful blindness” by not questioning Diack about corruption, given that the Senegalese had already been reprimanded in 2011 by the International Olympic Committee over a FIFA kickbacks scandal and that allegations surrounding his son were mounting. When asked why he didn’t push Diack about suspected wrongdoing by his son, Coe told MPs: “There were no allegations being made about the president.” In December 2014, early in the official campaign, Coe was sent an extensive e-mail with links to a dozen news stories. See them below: