IOC cautious on Sebastian Coe status

PARIS -- IOC president Jacques Rogge has expressed caution about the chances of Sebastian Coe becoming a member of the Olympic body next year.

Coe, the former two-time Olympic 1,500-meter champion who organized the London Games, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for membership of the International Olympic Committee.

Coe was elected last week as chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Rogge tells French sports daily l'Equipe "many people would like to see him in the IOC" and "he has all the qualities to be a good member."

But Rogge says "unfortunately only two or three members can be nominated each year, maximum four, and Coe is not the only candidate."

Britain already has four IOC members. The IOC has been looking to expand its membership and bring in more women.