Coe re-elected president, Restrepo first female VP
Flattered, grateful, says the IAAF chief after getting overwhelming mandate for a second term.
Sebastian Coe was elected unopposed for a second term as the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Wednesday, with the global body also choosing its first female vice-president in Ximena Restrepo.
Coe was the only candidate in fray for the president’s post and he received all the 203 eligible votes at the 52nd IAAF Congress in Doha, two days ahead of the 17th World Championships.
“I’m flattered and grateful for the support,” said Coe, who first took over the IAAF reins in 2015.
The IAAF Council
- President: Sebastian Coe (Britain)
- Vice-Presidents: Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Geoffrey Gardner (Norfolk Islands), Nawaf bin Mohammed Al Saud (Saudi Arabia), Ximena Restrepo (Chile).
- Members: Hiroshi Yokokawa (Japan), Antti Pihlakoski (Finland), Anna Riccardi (Italy), Nan Wang (China) Adille Sumariwalla (India), Nawal El Moutawakel (Morocco), Abby Hoffman (Canada), Sylvia Barlag (The Netherlands), Alberto Juantorena (Cuba), Willie Banks (USA), Raul Chapado (Spain), Dobromir Karamarinov (Bulgaria), Beatrice Ayikoru (Uganda).
Restrepo, who now lives in Chile, was a bronze medallist for Colombia, her country of birth, in the 400M at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Her election comes in the wake of minimum gender targets adopted by the IAAF at all levels of the sports administration.
“Ximena is a former athlete which is tremendously helpful when you’re driving the sport forward,” said Coe. “This is a historic moment.”
“I’m really honoured to take this position,” said Restrepo. “I think we as women have more opportunities than before. I just hope I can do a good job.”
Sergey Bubka was re-elected one of the vice-presidents, with Geoffrey Gardner of Norfolk Islands and Nawaf bin Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia being the other two.
The Congress also elected 13 Council members. They will be joined by six Area presidents and two members of the Athletes’ Commission, who will be elected in November. Along with the president and four vice-presidents, they make a 26-member Council.
Earlier in the day, Ahmed Al Kamali of the UAE, one of the vice-presidential candidates, was suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit for alleged violations of code of conduct.