IAAF presidential candidate also talks to CNN about Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and more

Seb Coe has said that athletics is in a strong state, despite the recent doping allegations within the sport.

Coe, who next week goes up against Sergey Bubka in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) presidential election, spoke to CNN’s Amanda Davies who asked questions on topics including anti-doping, Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin and more.

“Our sport is about a great deal more than doping,” said Coe. “But no change is not an option now. We need to do things differently.”

Discussing how much a successful IAAF World Championships depends on a successful Bolt, Coe said: “We need Usain in the same way that in the sixties and seventies boxing needed Muhammad Ali.”

The three-minute video can be viewed below:

» Video via CNN World Sport

» See the August 13 edition of Athletics Weekly magazine for an exclusive column by Seb Coe as well as a look at the IAAF presidential campaign manifestos of both Coe and Sergey Bubka