Sebastian Coe faces increasing scrutiny over what he knew at IAAF | Sean Ingle

The IAAF president has always maintained he only knew the Russian runner Liliya Shobukhova was blackmailed after watching revelations on German TV

At some point the death knell will sound for Lord Coe’s IAAF presidency. Tuesday, however, was not that day. True, there were fresh questions regarding when he knew about serious allegations of corruption within track and field’s governing body. And the sacking of his close friend and aide Nick Davies for failing to disclose a €30,000 payment for services rendered to the disgraced former IAAF marketing executive Papa Massata Diack was unpleasant. But in the cold light of day these were superficial wounds not job-ending blows.

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