In 2015, Lord Coe told a Select Committe of Parliament:
“I was certainly not aware of the specific allegations that had been made around the corruption of anti-doping processes in Russia.”
In an email from Lord Coe to Mr Beloff, is dated August 2014 :
“I have in the last couple of days received copied documentation of serious allegations being made by and on behalf of the Russian female athlete Shobukhova from David Bedford.
I have spoken to David today on the phone and he advises me that he has shared this information with you. Should I forward this documentation to you?
The purpose of this note is of course to advise you that I have now been made aware of the allegations… but would be grateful for your advice.”
Coe now says he didnt read the doco from Bedford – well that must make Dave feel good – and that the MPs had not asked spefically when he first heard of the corruption of doping cases.
But are not the telling words :
2015 – “I was certainly not aware of the specific allegations”
2014 – “The purpose of this note is of course to advise you that I have now been made aware of the allegations”
…. So Coe’s words are not of the genus mustela it’s all the Select Committee’s fault for not requesting more specific information.
Who said the British were self-serving hypocrites – give that man a cigar!