Lord Coe not ruling out bid to become International Olympic Committee president

Lord Coe has refused to rule out a run to become president of the International Olympic Committee.

The World Athletics president, who will seek re-election in August for a third term, remains opened minded to a bid.

Current IOC president Thomas Bach has two years remaining in his current term with an election expected in 2025.

Thomas Bach
Thomas Bach (Andrew Milligan/PA)

“I’m not ruling it in and I’m certainly not ruling it out,” Coe told the Times. “But anybody who takes that role in 2025 needs to be asking some important questions.

“Does sport really, genuinely, understand the challenge that sits out there before it — its relevance, its salience, navigating the most complicated political landscape while holding on to its moral compass?

“I genuinely feel that the job I’m doing now represents the ultimate for me. You join an athletics club at 11 and one day have the opportunity to grab leadership of the sport and shape it. This has never been a stepping stone to something else.”