Coe, Sebastian (Part 2 of 4). An Oral History of British Athletics

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    Athletics: Track

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    Conservative Central Office, London

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    Coe, Sebastian, 1956- (speaker, male)

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    Cutler, Rachel (speaker, female)

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    Part 2: International competition. Drugs in the sport. Discussion of education, moral and ethical issues, individual responsibility and the role of sports bodies. Member of the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission. The importance of victory in competition - especially for vulnerable younger athletes. Testing processes. The link between national and international federations with regard to drugs tests. Was tested in last week of competition as athlete. Athletics is harder on itself than other sports - tests itself better than other sports. International career. First victory was European Indoor Championships, 1977 San Sebastien. Third in European Outdoor Championships in 1978 - first race against Steve Ovett. 1979 - (graduated university) broke 3 world records in 41 days. Twice in Oslo, once in Zurich. 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. Coe versus Ovett - the suggested animosity between the two huge media interest. Affect on Coe. Detail about the media coverage and how the public perceived him. Good guy/nasty guy image. Decision to go to Moscow - reasons behind it. The success/failure of boycotts. Discussion about sport and politics. Reflects the positive aspect of British sport - not controlled by the state.

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    Interview with middle distance runner and Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Lord Sebastian Coe

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