Jessica Ennis-Hill has sympathy for Lord Coe in the wake of Russia's doping scandal
Ennis-Hill finished second behind Tatyana Chernova in the heptathlon in Daegu, but the Russian was subsequently banned for doping and had her results annulled.
Russian athletes were also banned from the Rio Olympics – where Ennis won silver – after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission report exposed a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in the country.
International Association of Athletics Federations president Coe has recently faced questions about when he first heard about Russian marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova being extorted for 450,000 euros by IAAF and Russian officials.
“It’s a tough area and it’s going to take time to put it right, but it will be put right,” Ennis-Hill told Press Association Sport before taking part in her local Sheffield Hallam parkrun.
“I do have sympathy for Seb. It’s a very tough job and it’s going to take time but we have to see it through. He’s doing a good job so far so we just have to see what happens.”
Lord Coe was recently asked about when he first head about Liliya Shobukhova being extorted
An IAAF task force will report this month on whether the Russian athletics federation has done enough to combat doping in order to be allowed to return to international competition.
Ennis-Hill has doubts over whether that can be achieved ahead of this year’s World Championships in London, where she would like to receive her gold medal from six years earlier.
“It’s been such a scandal and been so vast that it’s not going to be rectified and corrected over even a matter of months,” added the 31-year-old, who retired from competition in October last year.
“It’s going to take a long time to make sure that system is right again. I don’t know if it’s going to be ready in time (for London).
“When I got into athletics I was so young and you are not really aware of that side of sport, which is a good thing because it might have put you off.
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“As you get older, especially the past couple of years, it’s been quite devastating. It does make you feel a bit disheartened, but you have to remember there are some amazing athletes as well that are doing it all right and training hard.”
As for standing on the podium again in London’s Olympic stadium, scene of her 2012 triumph as part of ‘Super Saturday’, Ennis-Hill added: “London was the talk, although nothing has been confirmed.
“Obviously I’m not going to be in the arena as part of the event in that way again, so it would be really special to receive it there.
“There’s been problems in the past where athletes have not wanted to give medals back, but I don’t know how they police that. I hope I get mine eventually.
“Having the medal is so special, but actually just knowing it’s been rectified and it’s rightly yours is the main thing.”
Jessica Ennis-Hill was at Sheffield Hallam parkrun to launch a new partnership between health and life insurer Vitality and parkrun UK. The partnership will enable parkrun to continue leading the way in the provision of free, community-based and volunteer-led physical activity. Please visit www.vitality.co.uk for further information.