From the desk of Winston Marshall.
Since the congress and IAAF elections in Beijng China in August 2015, the world of track and field has undergone its most turbulent period.
The new administration has attempted to address the various crises as they arose....and therefore for the sporting public, it is appropriate to do an evaluation of actions taken, while at the same time, look at the actions pending.
It is fair to state categorically, that since election in august in Beijing, President Seb....has been operating like a fireman ....and in my view, quite appropriately so.
From one crisis to another.
The normal 100 day honeymoon period had to be foregone ...but then he is a British politician, and there is no transition as one is expected to start work on day..
For the first time in history, the annual IAF gala was cancelled. This was seen by many analysts as the correct decision.
It was determined that you could not proceed with a lavish event, an annual event, when the world body was under such scrutiny.
It was agreed that these appointments would be delayed so that further vetting of the appointments can take place. As the process had begun, it was discovered that some individuals being considered might be ruled ineligible, after further due diligence.
President's separation from Nike
His resignation as a consultant for nike was correct and timely...but in the process, highlights the fact that the position of president has to be a paid one.
Cost saving measures
The closing of the offices at Miraflores...was timely and appropriate. Additionally, President Coe has given up the lavish president's resident.
Decisive action taken
WADA's independent Pound Report first phase was released and given the severity of the findings of massive and state sponsored doping, a vote was taken by teleconference and the IAAF Council voted, almost unanimously, to suspend the ALL Russia Athletic Federation.
The suspension of the ARAF was necessary and timely.
As a result, there was a call for bids to reallocate two previously Russian successful grants.
The reallocation of hosting cities...for IAAF walking and jr World...had to be made.
Deputy general secretary
Some email exchanges between Nick Davies and Papa appeared in the press.
Given the potential for misunderstanding and the fact that the matter had been referred to the IAAF ethics committee, the stepping aside, temporarily...of Nick Davies....after the leaked memos...was appropriate.
ARAF and RIO 2016
Obviously, the suspension of the Russian Federation, casts a giant shadow on the potential performance of the Russia in the upcoming Olympics in Rio.
The appointment of the task force to report on Russia's reentry to participate at Rio 2016...was the right decision.
Review and reform
The call for constitutional and organizational review, now underway...is quite timely.
I give him a good grade for action taken....but there are still major challenges ahead.
The Pound Report..part 2...is due soon, and major surprises are expected.
This anti doping matter will not go away soon....and there will be casualties