International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe claims the proposals of the world governing body’s governance structure reform process have been "received well" by Member Federations present at organised roadshows this week.
Coe and the Working Group on Governance Structure Reform are here at the European Athletics Convention to hold the third leg of a global roadshow, which is focused on ensuring that there is a comprehensive understanding of the reform proposals ahead of a Special Congress on December 3 in Monaco.
Meetings are scheduled to be held with Member Federations from each of athletics' six continental bodies to talk through the "Time For Change" document.
Stops have already been made in the Dominican Republic’s capital Santo Domingo on Monday (October 10) and Chile’s capital Santiago on Wednesday (October 12), with Coe saying the proposals were much-welcomed.
"They’ve been received with debate which is exactly what we wanted," he told insidethegames.
"It’s given us an opportunity to track some of the issues and it has primarily given us the opportunity to give our thinking behind the proposals, particularly the four pillars - the concept of shoring up the house and making sure people really understand why we’re doing what we need to do, why now and why the importance of not waiting any longer to make those changes."
Major changes to the governance of world athletics were approved at a meeting of the IAAF Council during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, with Coe claiming they will make a "massive difference" to the sport.
The Council agreed to hold a Special Congress before the end of the year where the final reform proposals will be discussed by the IAAF membership of more than 200 National Federations.
Prior to this, roadshows are also due to take place in Gold Coast on October 21, Doha on October 27 and 28 and Johannesburg on November 2.
"We don’t have an indefinite amount of time to sort of sit there, sort of crafting this over five, six or 10 years," Coe added.
"We need to put safeguards and securities in place, including the creation of the Integrity Unit which will really change the way we go about our anti-doping processes.
"We need those in place and we can’t wait until 2023 or 2019…actually we can’t really wait until a Congress in 2017.
"That is why I’ve advanced the revised constitution for vote in December this year so it allows us for instance to get the Integrity Unit up and running in April."
A number of key doping recommendations were made at the Olympic Summit in Lausanne earlier this month, including a new anti-doping testing authority being set up within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
It was claimed the move would lead to a separation between regulatory and testing bodies, while a further recommendation was made for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have sanctioning powers when athletes fail tests.
The build-up to the Summit, which was called by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, saw senior IOC members and anti-doping officials clash over the role of WADA.
Asked for his assessment of the recommendations made at the Summit, Coe described them as "careful" and "sensible", with doping issues having plagued athletics.
"There was a uniformity of view that we needed to create anti-doping systems that were more independent from sports organisations," he said.
"We needed greater harmonisation, we needed greater involvement from Government, we needed to make sure that the athletes have a proper voice in those changes and we needed to speed up the sanctioning process.
"Actually, these are all the things we have addressed in the IAAF’s Integrity Unit.
"What was also encouraging was the view from the IOC, from the President, that we should continue to work on our reform agenda and we should continue to implement our Integrity Unit.
"I think it was very important from that aspect."