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Unopposed Coe all set for another term

A total of 44 candidates are in fray for 17 positions at Wednesday’s IAAF Council elections.
Sebastian Coe Iaaf Council Meeting Doha
Sebastian Coe, centre, is the only candidate for the IAAF president’s post.IQ Photo: Vinod Divakaran

Sebastian Coe will begin his second term as the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Wednesday when the world body elects its new Council in Doha for a four-year period.

Coe is the only candidate for the president’s post while 44 are in fray for 17 positions on the IAAF Council, the international federation’s governing board.

These 17 positions include four vice-presidents (one of them woman) and 13 members. At least six of the Council members should be women. Apart from these, the Council includes six Area presidents and two members (one male, one female) of the Athletes’ Commission.

The six Area presidents have already been elected while the Athletes’ Commission representatives will be elected in November, making a total of 26 Council members.

Coe took over in 2015 and has steered the body through turbulent times, with corruption and doping scandals rocking the organisation.

From the existing council, several members including senior vice-president Sergei Bubka are seeking re-election. Cuban Alberto Juantorena, the 400-800M gold medallist at the 1976 Olympics, is also running for another term as vice-president.

Athletics Federation of India President Adille Sumariwalla, who is a Council member, and Ahmad Al Kamali, president of the UAE Athletics Association, are among the other vice-presidential candidates.