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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

IAAF Considers Banning Coaches

The USOC recently put forth a tepid idea of refusing accreditation to Trevor Graham-like coaches, which would do nothing but bar them from Olympic facilities. Now the IAAF has come up with a much stronger plan. Some details:
"The rule could be ratified at our next congress," said Nick Davies, media spokesman for the International Association of Athletics Federations, yesterday. "It's the only way forward. We'd have to ensure it's legally enforceable, and it would be policed by national federations."

Athletes who train with a banned coach could be suspended themselves. We think this can be done. We already can remove or withhold coach accreditation for events."
The IAAF apparently is not about to let its sport wither on the vine, even if USATF is content to sit on its hands.

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