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August 1st, 2012
06:48 PM ET

Sebastian Coe on the suspended badminton players: "The International Federation made exactly the right call on it"

Coming up this evening at 9 p.m., Piers Morgan visits with fellow countryman Sebastian Coe for a wide-ranging interview covering various story lines currently emerging from the Summer Games.

A two-time Olympian himself and chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 London Olympics, Coe agrees with the swift response issued on the heels of the recent badminton incident:

"It was depressing," says the four-time medal-winning middle-distance runner. "The International Federation hit it hard this morning. They got rid of the eight players, and I think the International Olympic Committee were watching, or would have watched very closely. The International Federation made exactly the right call on it."

Moving to another hot-button issue, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host asks his guest to touch upon the doping allegations surrounding Chinese swimming sensation Ye Shiwen:

"I'm always loathed, to suddenly look at ensconced, and suspiciously, at an extraordinary performance in sport," says Coe, referring to the two-time gold-medal winning 16 year old. "The sadness of it is, of course, in a way we're almost visiting the sins of the parents on the children. I think that, in terms of the global approach to drugs in sport, we're in a much more grown up world. People are prepared to talk about it. There's no ambiguity about what the rules are. I felt actually sorry for this girl, because that was an extraordinary performance. It's not unusual for teenagers to perform at an extraordinary high level."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in tonight for more perspective and insight from the man who capture gold in the 1500 meters in both the 1980, and 1984 Olympic games.
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  1. Dante

    On the subject of the badminton scandal while I don't personally condone the actions of the expelled players I do have a question. In baseball it is a common tactic to intentionally walk a batter, rather than give him a chance to swing at a pitch, in order to create a more advantageous situation with the next batter. In the NFL, near season's end, teams with the strongest records will frequently sit their best players, to the result of losing their final game, in order to save the players from potential injury or even gain a more favorable match-up in the playoffs.

    In the tournament environment, why do we consider these "tactics" in baseball and football less shameful than those that have occurred in the badminton? Why don't we raise as big an outcry and enact the same stiff penalties?

    August 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andy

      Dante that argument isn't the same. Walking a player is a strategy to minimize the damage they can do in an attempt to WIN, not an effort to lose.

      August 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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