Russia paid a $5 million fine as part of its reinstatement into track and field after a years-long scandal in which investigators uncovered a state-sponsored plan to help athletes dope without getting caught.
World Athletics has approved 62 track and field athletes from Russia who could be eligible to compete at the Tokyo Games under the “authorized neutral athlete” plan. However, only 10 of them will actually be allowed to take part in the meet.
Coe said the $5 million would be better off shared with athletes than just sitting in World Athletics’ general fund.
“My view is it’s been hard, bloody pounding for the athletes for the last year and a half,” he said.
The increased prize money is in addition to an athlete fund that came from donations and provided up to $3000 to 193 athletes from 58 countries for food, living and training expenses.