Coe to be re-elected IAAF President unopposed it is validated
Sebastian Coe will be re-elected unopposed as President of the International Association of Sports Federations (IAAF), it was formally validated today.
insidethegames had exposed exclusively last month that the 62-year-old Briton would be the only candidate at the election due to be kept in Doha on the eve of the IAAF World Championships in September.If double Olympic gold medallist Coe is to be chosen for a 2nd term without anybody standing against him, all the other positions look set to be fiercely contested at the IAAF Congress in the Qatari capital on September 25, 2 days before the World Championships are due to open. A group of 11 candidates will be chasing the four readily available areas
as vice-president, one of whom should be female.There are 3 women standing, including Colombia’s 1992 Olympic 400 metres bronze medallist Ximena Restrepo.The 50-year-old was the very first Colombian to win an Olympic medal in sports during a career which likewise included silver medals in the 200m and 400m at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana and South American titles in the 400m and 400m obstacles at Valencia in 1994. Other female prospects consist of Canada’s 72-year-old Abby Hoffman, the 1963 and 1971 Pan American Games 800m gold medallist and 1966 Commonwealth
Games 880 backyards champion.Hoffman, who carried Canada’s flag at the Opening Event of the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, has actually been a member of the IAAF Council considering that 1995 and been coordinatior
succeed Lamine Diack four years back, is seeking re-election. Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena, the 1976 Olympic 400m and 800m champion, another present vice-president, is likewise standing.Jackson Tuwei and Adille Sumariwalla, the Presidents of Athletics Kenya and Athletics Federation of India, respectively, have likewise put themselves forward.Ukraine, Kenya and India have the worst doping records in athletics behind only Russia. Ahmad Al Kamali, President of the UAE Athletics Federation, is likewise amongst the prospects. Prior to the last election in 2015, he was required to
deny accusations he had actually used delegates Rolex watches in an attempt to win votes at the Confederation of African Sports Congress.Other prospects consist of Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, President of the Sports Federation of Nigeria, presently involved in an embarrassing dispute with the IAAF over the payment of $150,000 (₤ 117,000/ EUR134,000 )unintentionally paid to them in 2017, which has actually still not been refunded.Last month, the Sports Ministry in Abuja asked the AFN to re-examine if Gusau was culpable for the failure to repay
the money.Also standing are Saudi Arabia’s Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud and the Norfolk Islands’Geoffrey Gardner, both existing members of the IAAF Council.