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Seb Coe set for unopposed re-election as IAAF president

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Published in Athletics
Sunday, 28 July 2019 01:08

A list of 45 candidates seek election to the IAAF Council in various roles

Seb Coe is set to be re-elected unopposed as the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) but there will be strong competition for a number of other positions on the IAAF Council.

The IAAF has announced a list of 45 candidates from across the globe who have put themselves forward for election to the international federation’s governing board.

The candidates seek election into 18 positions on the Council at the IAAF Congress on September 25, two days ahead of the World Championships in Doha.

READ MORE: Seb Coe elected as IAAF president

Those 18 positions include one president, four vice-president and 13 individual member roles.

Of those four vice-presidents, at least one must be female.

In addition to the 18 positions there will be six area presidents, who have already been elected, and two members of the athletes’ commission (one female and one male) who will be elected by the commission in November, making a total of 26 IAAF Council members.

The IAAF advised that a focus on increasing the gender balance on the Council, with the areas conducting gender leadership seminars, has seen a 10% increase in female candidates.

There are three women, including 1992 Olympic 400m bronze medallist Ximena Restrepo of Colombia, among the 11 candidates seeking election as vice-presidents.

Ukraine’s 1988 Olympic pole vault gold medallist Sergey Bubka also hopes to be re-elected as a vice-president. He was unsuccessful in his bid to become president when he stood against Coe four years ago.

“We have a strong list of candidates from 44 countries applying for IAAF Council positions which demonstrates the global strength of our sport,” said Coe.

“I am particularly pleased that almost 40% of the individual candidates are female, something we have seen reflected across our area elections, with four of our areas electing a female vice-president.”

The full list of IAAF Council candidates can be downloaded here.

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