Sebastian Coe, World Athletics President, elected as IOC member
World Athletics will be represented on the IOC for the first time in five years
Last Updated: 17/07/20 5:51pm
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe has been elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), ending the sport's five-year absence from the body.
Coe, a double Olympic 1500 metres champion, was elected during an IOC session.
He was nominated last month pending proof he had stepped down from an active role in a consultancy firm.
The athletics body has not had any representation within the IOC since the departure of Coe's predecessor Lamine Diack in 2015 amid a corruption scandal and subsequent trial.
For decades, membership of the IOC for the head of athletics was almost automatic.
The IOC, however, had denied membership to Coe, a federation vice-president under Diack and British sporting great, saying there was a potential conflict of interest with his consultancy post.