Jamaican Aisha Praught-Leer is among 15 athletes vying for six available seats on the IAAF Athletes’ Commission.
Praught-Leer won gold for Jamaica in the steeplechase at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis is currently the only Caribbean athlete on the IAAF Athletes’ Commission.
All athletes accredited for IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 will have the right to vote in the elections, which will take place during the championships between 29 September and 3 October in the official team hotels.
To be eligible for nomination, athletes must have participated in at least one of the past two editions of the IAAF World Championships or in the most recent Olympic Games or be a competitor at this year’s IAAF World Championships.
In addition to the elected Athletes’ Commission members, this year Council may appoint up to six people to be appointed Athletes’ Commission members to help ensure diversity of representation.
The importance of athletes to decision-making within the IAAF was recognised and embedded into the IAAF structures with the governance and integrity reforms approved in December 2016.
Under the 2019 Constitution, the Chairperson and one other member of the Athletes’ Commission – one male and one female – will be full voting members of the IAAF Council.
More information about the campaign period and election process are set out in the IAAF Athletes’ Commission 2019 Elections Candidate Pack.
The nominees, in alphabetical order, are:
Valerie Adams (NZL)
Kevin Borlée (BEL)
Majd Eddin Ghazal (SYR)
Habiba Ghribi (TUN)
Thijmen Kupers (NED)
Bernard Lagat (USA)
Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
Nooralotta Neziri (FIN)
Aisha Praught-Leer (JAM)
Olga Rypakova (KAZ)
Olha Saladukha (UKR)
Goldie Sayers (GBR)
Katerina Stefanidi (GRE)
Su Bingtian (CHN)
Michel Tornéus (SWE)
The names of the six elected members of the commission will be announced before the end of the championships. They will join the six commission members who have two years left to serve:
Inaki Gomez (CAN) – chair
Kim Collins (SKN)
Adam Kszczot (POL)
Thomas Rohler (GER)
Ivana Spanovic (SRB)
Benita Willis (AUS)
“Through the governance reforms, the IAAF has taken positive, yet necessary, steps to strengthen the athlete voice within the decision-making process in a meaningful way,” says IAAF Athletes’ Commission Chair Inaki Gomez. “It is up to athletes to take this opportunity seriously to advocate and protect the interest and rights of all athletes.
“Those six athletes to be elected from the fantastic group of 15 candidates will be joining a strong core of Commission members eager to continue to work with the IAAF for the betterment of athletics, but always with the athletes’ best interest in mind. I look forward to meeting all of the candidates in Doha, and wish each candidate the best throughout this process and in future athlete leadership roles.”
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