Lord Coe has been elected as the new president of the International Association of Athletics Federation.
The former London 2012 chairman edged out pole vault great Sergey Bubka in a vote at the IAAF Congress in Beijing
Coe succeeds Lamine Diack, the 82-year-old from Senegal, who has been president since 1999, and becomes only the sixth president in the IAAF’s 103-year history.
Speaking to the Congress after his victory was announced, he said: “I have to say that being given the opportunity to work with all of you to shape the future of our sport is probably the second biggest and most momentous occasion in my life (after the birth of his children).”
The 58-year-old’s elevation from vice-president, a post he has held since 2007, comes at a crucial time for the organisation, with allegations of mass doping and cover-ups threatening to ruin the already fragile reputation of the sport.
The Briton, who had been the strong favourite to win, has highlighted the need to overhaul the athletics calendar, introducing more ‘street meets’, increase commercial revenue, empower national federations and encourage young people into the sport.
But it is the fight against banned drugs which is set to be front and centre of his reign.
Coe, who has been backed by Mo Farah to “change athletics”, has promised to set up an independent anti-doping agency for the sport inside his first 100 days in office.