November 25, 2015

LONDON (AP) British taxpayers funded part of Sebastian Coe's IAAF presidential campaign.

UK Sport, a government-funded public body which also receives cash from Britain's National Lottery, contributed 63,000 pounds ($95,000) to a British public relations company for its work on Coe's campaign.

The payment to Vero Communications was disclosed by the BBC.

Coe said on the IAAF website that the other ''two thirds of the campaign was privately funded.''

Coe beat Ukrainian pole vault great Sergei Bubka in the presidential election in August, succeeding Lamine Diack.

UK Sport defended paying Vero Communications for Coe's campaign, saying it helps to ensure Britain ''is in an influential position to drive good governance, leadership and development in international sport.''

UK Sport's main function is providing funding for athletes to win Olympic medals.

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