track and field
coe cuts ties with nike
MONACO — Sebastian Coe, head of track and field's governing body, said Thursday that he has given up his role as a special adviser to Nike to avoid accusations of conflict of interest. That relationship dated to his years as an Olympic champion middle-distance runner (gold in the 1,500 meters in 1980 and '84), and it was lucrative, reportedly worth $150,000 a year to him.
But that link has become a millstone around Coe's neck since he was elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in August, because it left Coe open to accusations that he might put the interests of the sportswear giant before those of his sport.
"Perception and reality have become horribly mangled," Coe, 59, said, adding he gave up the Nike position because discussion about it was distracting him from saving the sport from a crisis of confidence sparked by revelations of widespread doping in Russia and alleged corruption under predecessor Lamine Diack.
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