Council

The role of Council is to govern the sport of athletics. It is responsible for all decisions related to the sport of athletics, as well as for the conduct and management of the sport and its disciplines.

Council consists of 26 elected members, including the President, four Vice-Presidents, six Area Presidents (elected by each Area Association), the Chair of the Athletes‘ Commission and one other member of the Athletes’ Commission (elected by members of the Athletes’ Commission) and thirteen Individual Council Members.

There cannot be more than one Council Member from any one Member Federation country.

There is a minimum gender requirement in the composition of Council. Of the total 26 members, there must be a minimum of:

  • Seven of each gender for the elections in 2019
  • 10 of each gender for the elections in 2023 (c. 40%)
  • 13 of each gender for the elections in 2027 and thereafter (ie 50%).


Council has the powers and responsibilities to develop the World Plan for athletics and approve and review the World Athletics Strategic Plan; adopt, amend and repeal rules and regulations; decide all matters relating to the competition calendar and World Athletics competitions, world records, bidding procedures and selection of host cities; develop policies for training and appointing technical officials; review and monitor the global athletics development programme; appoint Commissions and Working Groups and make recommendations to Congress on membership of various independent panels and bodies of World Athletics.

Sebastian COE

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics President (2015-present)
  • Board of the Diamond League AG Chairman (2015-present)
  • World Athletics Vice-President (2007-2015)
  • World Athletics Council Member (2003-2007)

Other athletics administration

  • International Athletics Foundation President (2015-present)
  • World Athletics Championships Organising Committee Director, London 2017 (2013-2015)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - London 2012 Organising Committee Chairman (2005-2012)
  • Olympic Games and Paralympic Games - London 2012 Bid Committee Chairman (2004-2005)
  • British Olympic Association Chairman (2012-2016)
  • IOC Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Coordination Commission Member (2013-present)
  • IOC Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission Member (2016-present)
  • IOC Olympic Summit Member (2015-present)
  • ANOC Executive Council Member (2015-present)
  • ASOIF Council Member (2017-present)

Other relevant and significant experience

  • Chaired British Government Sports Honours Committee (2010-2018) and served within the Cabinet Office as Legacy Ambassador for the London 2012 Games (2012-2017)
  • International Inspiration Chairman (charity delivering London 2012 Bid pledge to use sport to enhance the lives of youth around the world) (2013-2015)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission Member (1981-1989)
  • European Olympic Committee Executive Committee Member (2013-2017)
  • ANOC Working Group on Youth Chairman (2015-current)

Athletics career

  • Olympic Games: 1500m gold and 800m silver at Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984
  • 12 world records: 800m, 1000m, 1500m and one mile
  • World Cup: gold and silver in 1981 and 1989
  • European Indoor Championships: 1977 gold 800m
  • European Championships: 1978 bronze 800m, 1982 silver 800m, 1986 gold 800m, silver 1500m

Other experience and achievements

  • Executive Chairman of CSM Sport & Entertainment (2013-current)
  • Chancellor of Loughborough University (2017-current)
  • Advisor to Morgan Stanley & Co International and to Vitality Health & Life Group (current)
  • Member of British Parliament (1992-1997) & Private Secretary, Opposition Leader (1997-2001)
  • Made a Peer in 2000, received a Knighthood in 2006 and Companion of Honour in 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (BBC Sports Personality of the Year)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Laureus World Sport Awards)
Sebastian Coe (Philippe Fitte)

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  • LANGUAGES English, French

Abby HOFFMAN

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (1995-present)
  • World Athletics Competition Commission Chair
  • World Athletics Russia Task Force Member
  • World Athletics Working Group on Integrity & Governance Reform Member
  • World Athletics Doping Review Board Member

Other athletics administration

  • NACAC Council Member (1995-present)
  • Athletics Canada Board Member (ex officio) (1995-present)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Sport Canada Director General
  • Athletics Integrity Unit Board Member (World Athletics Council Rep)
  • AIU Appointments Panel Member

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • IAAF Organisational Delegate World Championships Daegu 2011, World U20 Championships Oregon 2014
  • Canadian Olympic Committee Board Member (representing athletics), Executive Board Member
  • Led successful campaigns in Canada to secure athlete representation and financing
  • Bid Committee for 2014 Commonwealth Games (City of Ottawa) Chair
  • Chair of the IAAF Jury of Appeal for all World Championships and Olympic Games since 1989
  • World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 Site Review Team Member
  • IAAF Delegate to World Anti-Doping Conferences - IAAF spokesperson in 2013

Athletics career

  • Represented Canada at four Olympic Games, reaching the 800m final on two occasions: Mexico 1968 (seventh) and Munich 1972 (eighth, PB of 2:00.17)
  • Medallist, including two gold, at four consecutive Pan-American Games at 800m/1500m
  • 1966 Commonwealth 880 yards champion
  • National titles: Canada (10x); also USA and Great Britain (800m)

Other experience and achievements

  • Named an Officer of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian award)
  • Awarded Honorary Doctorates from three Canadian universities - University of Toronto, York University and Acadia University - for contributions to sport, health and public policy
  • Significant experience as a public speaker at national and international conferences and events
  • Experienced journalist - print, radio and television - columnist, documentaries, commentary
Abby Hoffman (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY CANADACanada
  • LANGUAGES English, French

Nawal EL MOUTAWAKEL

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (1995-)
  • Former Vice President of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission
  • Member of the executive council of the International Athletics Foundation (2001-)
  • Organisational delegate: IAAF World Indoor Championships Istanbul 2012
  • IAAF Technical delegate: Qatar Grand Prix II 1998, Nikaia 1999, Rome 2000, Brussels 2001, Monaco 2002

Other athletics administration

  • Council Member of the Confederation of African Amateur Athletics (1995-)
  • National sprint and hurdles coach (1990)
  • Deputy national technical director of the Royal Moroccan Athletics Federation (1993) then vice president (1997)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Member of the IOC Executive Commission (2008-2012)
  • IOC Vice President (2012-2016)
  • Member of the Executive Commission (2020-2024), president of the following committees: for the evaluation of the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 (2004-2005), for the evaluation of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 (2008-2009), coordination commission of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad of Rio 2016 (2010-2016)
  • Member of the following IOC commissions: women and sport (1995-2010) then (2014-2015), doping (working group, 1998), “IOC 2000” (1999), marketing (2000-2010), candidate applications (2000-2013), monitoring of IOC 2000 reforms (2002), coordination of the Games of the XXX Olympiad of London 2012 (2005-2012), international relations (2008-2015).

Other relevant and significant experience

  • Secretary of State of the Minister for Social Affairs, responsible for Sport and Youth (1997-1998)
  • Minister of Youth and Sports (2007-2009), Member of the Moroccan Parliament (2016 –).

Athletics career

  • 1984 Olympic 400m hurdles champion
  • 1985 World University Games 400m hurdles bronze
  • 1987 World University Games 400m hurdles gold
  • 1983 African 400m hurdles champion

Other experience and achievements

  • Founding member of the ‘Laureus World Sports Academy’ Foundation (2000 -)
  • Founding member and President - Moroccan Association for Sport and Development (2002-)
  • Member of the Council/Special Olympics – Morocco (2002)
  • Member of the ‘Commission for Scholarships’ of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Promotion of Social Activities in Education and Training (2003 – 2004)
  • Board member of the ‘Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award’ Foundation (2007- 2013).
Nawal El Moutawakel (Philippe Fitte)

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  • NATIONALITY MoroccoMorocco
  • LANGUAGES Arabic, French, English 

Nawaf Bin Mohammed AL SAUD

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Vice-President (2019-present)
  • World Athletics Council Member (2015-2019)
  • World Athletics Marketing & Promotion Commission Member (2007-2011)

Other athletics administration

  • International Athletics Foundation Executive Committee Member (2017-present)
  • International Athletics Foundation Council Member (2011-present)
  • Saudi Arabian Athletics Federation President (1992-2016)
  • Arab Athletics Federation Honorary President (1993-2016)
  • World Athletics Youth Engagement & Social Media Commission Member
  • AAA Development Commission Chairman (2000-2004)
  • Supreme Committee Chairman of GCC track & field of series of championships organised by the Saudi Athletics Federation (1996-2016)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee Executive Bureau Member (1992-2016)
  • Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee Executive Bureau Vice-President (2007-2011)
  • Saudi Arabian Football Federation Council Member (1992-2001)
  • Saudi Arabian Football Federation Technical Committee Chairperson (1993-2002)
  • Al Hilal Saudi FC Club Basketball Team General Supervisor (1993-1998)
  • Chairman of the Supreme Organising Committee of Clubs’ Football Championship of the GCC states held in 1986

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Saudi Athletics Federation National team Committee Chairman

Athletics achievements

  • Practiced athletics in all events during all school stages in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Javelin champion of the Preparatory/Intermediate schools during 1967-1970
  • Javelin champion of the Secondary /High school intermediate schools during 1971-1974

Other experience and achievements

  • Chosen as the ‘Best Personality in sport’ in 1994 by the ‘British Union of Media Marketing Limited’
  • Chosen as the ‘Best Personality in Sport’ in 1996 by the Egyptian Al-Ahram Press Foundation
  • Chosen as the ‘Best Federation President of Individual Sport’ in 2001 and 2002 successfully through statistics carried out by the ‘Al-Ahram Al- Arabi Establishment’
  • Received the ‘Long Service Trophy as the President of Saudi Athletics Federation’ from the AAA in Wuhan, China in 2015
  • Received the IAAF Veteran Pin in Sweden in 1995
Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
  • LANGUAGES Arabic, English

Mike SANDS

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2019-)

Other athletics administration

  • NACAC President 2019 – present
  • President Bahamas Association of Athletics Federations 2009-2015
  • Vice President NACAC 2007-2011

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Vice President Bahamas Olympic Committee

Athletics career

  • Represented The Bahamas at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games
  • 1975 Central American and Caribbean 400m champion
  • 1975 Pan-American Games 200m bronze
  • Held national records from 100m to 400m
Mike Sands (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Bahamas Bahamas
  • LANGUAGES English

Alberto JUANTORENA DANGER

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (1987-)
  • IAAF Vice President 2015-2019
  • IAAF Audit & Finance and Values Commission

Other athletics administration

  • President of National Federation
  • Member Ex-Officio of the NACAC Council since 1987

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Vice-President of National Olympic Committee
  • Vice-Minister of Sports for 28 years
  • President of the Cuban Paralympics Committee

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Vice President of UNESCO´s Inter-Governmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport.

Athletics career

  • 1976 Olympic gold at 400m and 800m
  • World and Olympic 800m record
  • 1977 Universiade 800m gold (1:43.44, world record)
  • 1977 World Cup gold at 400m and 800m

Other experience and achievements

  • IOC Silver Merit Order
  • Inducted to the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • Inducted to the IAAF Hall of Fame.
  • IAAF Veteran Pin
Alberto Juantorena Danger (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY CUBACuba
  • LANGUAGES Spanish, English 

Hamad KALKABA MALBOUM

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2003-)

Other athletics administration

  • President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) 2003 – present
  • President of the Cameroon Athletics Federation 1993 – 2001
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Cameroon Athletics Federation

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • President of the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee 2001 – present
  • Member of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission 2009 – present
  • Member of the Board of the IOC Olympic Truce Foundation 2011 – present
  • Senior Vice-President of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation 2009 – present
  • Member of the Development Commission of ANOCA 2002 – 2005
  • Founder and Honorary President of the Baseball and Softball Federation 1992 – present

Other relevant and significant experience

  • President of the International Military Sport Council (CISM)
  • President of the Organisation of Military Sport in Africa (OSMA) 1996 – 2010

Athletics career

  • Member of national 4x100m team 1970-1974

Other experience and achievements

  • Advisor to the Minister of Defence of Cameroon 1998 – 2010
Hamad Kalkaba Malboum (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY CameroonCameroon
  • LANGUAGES French, English, Arabic

Robin Sapong EUGENIO

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2019-)

Athletics administration

  • Oceania Athletics Association President (2019-present)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Oceania Athletics Association President (2019-present)
  • Oceania Athletics Association Council Member (2007-present)
  • Northern Marianas Athletics General Secretary (2008-present)
  • Northern Mariana Islands Track and Field Federation General Secretary (2002-2008)
  • OAA/Micronesia Regional Championships 2018 LOC Vice-Chair LOC
  • Oceania Area Athletics Championships – Saipan 2008 LOC Member
  • OAA/Micronesia Regional Championships 2005 LOC Member
  • Saipan Marathon Race Director (2006-2010)
  • Northern Marianas Athletics Technical Official (2005-present)

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Northern Marianas Sports Association (NMSA) Board Member (2017-present)
  • Technical Official: OAA Area Championships: Townsville 2019, Fiji 2017, Cairns 2012, Samoa 2006 OAA/Micronesian Championships 2016 Micronesian Games Palau 2010

Athletics career

  • 1991 NMI National Track & Field Outstanding Male Athlete
  • 1994 Micronesian Games Finalist
  • 1998 Micronesian Games Finalist

Other experience and achievements

  • Hyatt Regency Saipan Charity Golf Classic Tournament Director (2015-present)
  • Indoor Volleyball league player
  • NMI Stand Up Paddle
  • Northern Marianas Sports Association 2006 Coach of the Year
  • Oceania Athletics Association – Merit Award recipient
  • IAAF Veterans Pin Award 2019
Robin Eugenio (Getty Images)

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  • NATIONALITY Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands
  • LANGUAGES English

Dobromir KARAMARINOV

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2019-)
  • Member of the IAAF Strategic Communications Advisory Group (2016 - present)

Other athletics administration

  • First Vice President of European Athletics (2015 - present )
  • President of the Association of the Balkan Athletics Federations (ABAF) (2010 - present)
  • European Athletics Council Member; Competition Committee Member (2007-2015)
  • President of Bulgarian Athletics Federation (2004 - present )
  • President of the LOC of all international events hosted by Bulgarian Federation since 2010
  • Chairman of the European Athletics Mountain Running Commission (2011-2015)
  • Member of the IAAF Women’s Committee (2007-2011)
  • Member of the EAA Reflection Commission (2004-2007)
  • Member of the EAA Competition Committee (1995-2003)
  • Head of Delegation, Team Leader of Team Europe- last 3 editions of IAAF Continental Cup
  • European Athletics Delegate and Jury of Appeal at numerous international championships

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Vice President of Bulgarian Olympic Committee (2001-2005)

Athletics career

  • Balkan and National champion numerous times in 400m hurdles and 4x400m

Other experience and achievements

  • Awarded by Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sport with the Victor’s Garland in 2018 – the highest state award, given for significant contribution in the field of sport;
  • Lecturer at the National Sports Academy in Sports Management since 1994
Dobromir Karamarinov (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Bulgaria Bulgaria
  • LANGUAGES Bulgarian, English

Beatrice AYIKORU

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2019-)

Athletics administration

  • General Secretary, Uganda Athletics Federation
  • Deputy Director for Development in Africa
  • Former member of IAAF Cross Country Committee
  • Member of IAAF task force for gender leadership

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Vice President, Uganda Olympic Committee (2017-2021) in charge of technical issues
  • Served as Secretary for Uganda Sports Women Association, (1998-2000) an organisation whose functions were later mainstreamed in National Olympic Committee and National Federations for purposes of sustainability
  • Chef de Mission XXI Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast 2018, Australia
  • Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Secretary LOC, IAAF World Cross Country Kampala 2017 for a period of three years (2014-2017) from bid process to implementation of the project;
  • Member of jury for IAAF U18 World Championships Nairobi 2017;
  • Served as Member of Jury in several Confederation of African Athletics competitions;
  • Technical delegate for several Eastern Africa Regional competitions;
  • Technical delegate for 3rd Africa Country Championships, Cameroun 2016;
  • Competition Secretary to all national and international competitions organized in Uganda since 1997

Athletics career

  • Former long-distance runner (1500m – 10,000m, cross country and road running), represented Uganda in several international competitions
  • Held two national records (10,000m and marathon) that stood for more than 10 years
  • Seasoned administrator in athletics as General Secretary

Other experience and achievements

  • Recipient of Presidential Award for good service in sports – awarded by H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
  • Recipient of IAAF Pin for good service in Athletics 1998
Beatrice Ayikoru (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Uganda Uganda
  • LANGUAGES English

Geoff GARDNER

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Vice-President (2019-present)
  • World Athletics Council Member (2011-2019)
  • World Athletics Russian Taskforce (2016-present)
  • World Athletics Nationality Review Panel (2018-present)
  • IAAF Development Commission (2011-2015), Deputy Chair (2015-2019)
  • IAAF Finance and Budget Commission (2011-2015)
  • IAAF Audit and Finance Commission, Deputy Chair (2015-2019)
  • IAAF Working Group Governance and Integrity Reform (2016-2019)
  • IAAF Working Group Transfer of Allegiance (2017-2018)
  • World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 Organisational Delegate

Other athletics administration

  • Oceania Athletics Association Council Member (2003-present)
  • Oceania Athletics Association President (2007-2019)
  • Member Federation: Executive Board Member (1982-present), General Secretary (1992-1995, 2004-present)
  • National Technical Official

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Former local memberships:
  • Rugby, South Africa 1978
  • Rugby league, cricket, tennis, golf
  • Former Player/Secretary National Cricket Association (Norfolk Island)

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Norfolk Island Amatuer Sports former Member
  • Commonwealth Games Associtation former Member
  • Chief Minister and Minister for Sports (2001-2006)
  • Member of the Jury of Appeal - area, World Championships, Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games (2011-present)
  • Technical Official - area championships, Continental Games and regional events (2003-present)

Athletics career

  • South Africa District Age Championships 1978
  • New Zealand Championships 1979
  • Norfolk Island javelin champion 1982-1995
  • Pacific Games finalist, Tahiti 1995

Other experience and achievements

  • Executive Masters Degree, Sports Organisation Management 2016-2017
  • Government Minister (various portfolios) 1998-2010
  • Speaker of the Legislative Assembly 2006-2007
  • Centenary Medal - Services to Government (Australia) 2001
  • Merit Award – Oceania Athletics Association 2010
  • IAAF Centenary Medallion 2012
  • IAAF Veterans Pin 2013
  • Order of Australia (OAM) 2015
Geoff Gardner (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Norfolk Island NORFOLK ISLANDS
  • LANGUAGES English

Helio Marinho GESTA DE MELO

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2019-)

Other athletics administration

  • President, ConSudAtle - 2019-present
  • General Secretary, ConSudAtle - 1995-2019
  • Member of IAAF Values Commission – 2016-2019
  • International Coordinator, Brazilian stage of IAAF Grand Prix Circuit – 2002-2019
  • Member of IAAF School and Youth Commission – 2005-2015
  • Administrative Manager, Brazilian Athletics Confederation - 2005-2010
  • Administrative Director, IAAF/CAIXA World Half Marathon Championships Rio de Janeiro 2008
  • Administrative Director, IAAF/Governo do Amazonas World Road Relay Championships Manaus 1998

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Projects Area Director, Municipal Secretariat of Environment and Sustainability, Manaus City Hall – 2010-2012
  • Venue Manager, Host City Manaus, FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Brazil 2014 – 2013-2014
  • Manaus Football City Manager, Rio 2016 Olympic Games Organising Committee - 2015-2016

Other relevant and significant experience

  • Universidade Federal do Amazonas Law School - 1992-1996
  • Preparation Course for the Judiciary, Amazonas Higher School of Magistracy – 2001-2002
  • Participant of the 45th Youth Session of the International Olympic Academy - 2005
  • Managing Olympic Sport Organisations Course, Brazilian Olympic Committee – 2009-2010
Helio Marinho Gesta de Melo (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY BrazilianBrazil
  • LANGUAGES Portuguese, English, Spanish

 

Sergey BUBKA

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Senior Vice-President (2007-2011, 2015-present)
  • World Athletics Vice-President (2011-2015)
  • World Athletics Council member (2001-present)
  • World Athletics Development Commission Chairman (2011-2015)
  • World Athletics Development Commission Deputy Chairman (2007-2011)
  • World Athletics Development Commission Member (2015-present)
  • World Athletics International Commission Member (2015-present)
  • World Athletics Competition Commission Member (2003-2015)
  • World Athletics Athletes Commission Member (2001-2011)
  • IAAF World Championships Coordination Commission Chairman: Daegu 2011 and Moscow 2013

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • IOC Executive Board Member (2012-present)
  • ASOIF Council Member (2009-2017)
  • IOC Executive Board Member as athletes’ representative (2000-2008)
  • IOC Member (1999-present)
  • IOC Entourage Commission Chairman (2010-present)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission Honorary Member (2008-present)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission Chairman (2002-2008)
  • Member of IOC Disciplinary Commission for Beijing 2008
  • Member of IOC Disciplinary Commission for Torino 2006
  • Member of IOC Disciplinary Commission for Athens 2004
  • IOC 2000 Reform Follow-up Commission Member
  • IOC Eligibility Commission Member (1998)
  • IOC Athletes’ Commission Member (1996-2002)

Other relevant and significant experience

  • NOC of Ukraine President (2005-present)
  • Member of the EURO 2012 UKR/POL Organizing Committee (2009-2012)
  • Organising Committee preparation and participation of the Ukrainian athletes in the Olympics and Youth Olympics, Paralympics and Deaflympics, World Universiades, World and European Championships Member (2003-present)
  • Executive Board Member, NOC of Ukraine (1994-present)
  • Advisor to President of Ukraine on Physical Culture and Sport (2010-2013)
  • UNESCO Ambassador and Champion for Sport (2003-present)
  • Founder and Organiser of Donetsk International Tournament 'Pole Vault Stars' (1999-2014)
  • Laureus World Sports Academy Member

Athletics career

  • 1988 Olympic pole vault champion
  • Ten-time world pole vault champion
  • World record beaten 35 times (pole vault)

Other experience and achievements

  • IAAF Hall of Fame Member, Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, UNESCO Champion for Sport, L’Equipe Champion des Champions, The Best pole vaulter of the last half century by Track & Field News, Prince of Asturias Award in Sports, International Sports Event Management (ISEM) Award, The Panathlon International Flambeau d’Or for promotion of sports, NOC Order
  • Listed in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest number of world achievements in athletics, Hero of Ukraine, Order of Merit, II grade, I grade, Ukraine, Order of Yaroslav the Wise, V, IV, III grade, Ukraine, Order of the State, Ukraine, Honorary Decoration of the President of Ukraine, Honorary Citizen of Bratislava, Padova, Donetsk, Lugansk, Abano Terme, Rio de Janeiro
Sergey Bubka (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Ukraine Ukrainian
  • LANGUAGES Russian, Ukrainian, English, French

Dahlan Jumaan AL HAMAD

Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Vice President (2007-2019)
  • World Athletics Council Member (2003-)
  • Vice President and Director General, Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships in Athletics Organising Committee
  • President Asian Athletics Association since 2013
  • President Qatar Military Sports Association since 1998
  • Chair of IAAF Youth Engagement and Social Media Commission since 2016
  • Member of IAAF Marketing Commission since 2003
  • Member of IAAF Development Commission since 2003
  • Member of Olympic Council of Asia Coordination Commission
  • President of Qatar Association of Athletics Federation 1996 – 2008, 2012 to date
  • Vice President of Organising Committee of Gymnasiade Doha – 2007 - 2010
  • Member of Marketing Committee (IAAF) 1999 – 2003
  • Board Member of Doha Asian Games Organising Committee 2006, 2000 – 2004
  • Chairman of Organising Committee of GCC Athletics from 1986 – 2000
  • General Secretary of Qatar Olympic Committee from 1999 – 2001

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • President of Qatar Military Sports Association

Other relevant and significant experience

  • Major General of the Qatar Armed Forces

Other experience and achievements

  • Office Director of His Highness Commander in Chief of the Military Affairs
  • Vice President of Doha Insurance Company
  • Graduated from USA with a Bachelor in Finance
  • Graduated from USA with Master's Degree in Management
  • Graduated from USA in Masters of Military Sciences
Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Qatar QATAR
  • LANGUAGES Arabic, English

Anna RICCARDI

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2007-)
  • World Athletics Competition Commission Member (2011-)
  • World Athletics Russian Taskforce Member (2015-)
  • IAAF Technical Committee Member (1999-2015)

Other athletics administration

  • Technical Delegate: Rio Olympic Games (2016), World Championships in Doha 2019 & Eugene 2021, World Indoor Championships in Doha 2010, Istanbul, 2012 Sopot 2014, Portland 2016, World Junior Championships in Barcelona 2012
  • European Athletics Competition Committee Member (1995-2019)
  • Diamond League AG Board Member (2015-current)
  • European Athletics Technical Delegate: European Championships Barcelona 2010, European Under 23 Championships Bydgszcz 2003, European Junior Championships Eskilstuna 2015
  • Meeting Director of the IAAF Diamond League Rome Golden Gala (2010-2012)
  • General Director European Indoor Championships, Torino 2009
  • IAAF Technical Delegate: World Athletics Finals in Stuttgart 2006-2007-2008 and Thessaloniki 2009
  • Fidal International Department staff since 1981
  • Director of Fidal International Technical and Marketing Departments (1995-2013)
  • Team Manager of the national athletics teams in all major competitions: Olympic Games, World Championships, World Indoor Championships, European Championships, European Indoor Championships, European Cups.
  • Event Coordinator at all major events hosted in Italy: Grand Prix Final, Milan 1996, World Cross Country, Torino 1997, Race walking World Cup, Torino 2002, World Junior Championships, Grosseto 2002, World Youth Championships, Bressanone 2009, and other European events.

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Director of the Sport and Olympic Programme Area, Team Services, of the Italian National Olympic Committee (2013 - current)
  • Chef de Mission or Deputy Chef de Mission at the Summer Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games since 2013 (Sochi, Pyeongchang, Nanjing, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo)
  • Chef de Mission or Deputy Chef de Mission at the European Games Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019
  • Member of the Italian Bidding Team for the Winter Olympic Games 2026, Cortina/Milano

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Jury of Appeal Member or Chair at Olympic Games, World and European Championships
Anna Riccardi (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY ITALYItaly
  • LANGUAGES Italian, English, French, Spanish

Sylvia BARLAG

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2011-present)
  • Chair World Athletics Sustainability Advisory Group (2015-present)
  • Member World Athletics Working Group on Governance and Integrity Reforms (2016-present)
  • Member World Athletics Audit & Finance Committee (2015-present)
  • Member World Athletics Doping Review Board (2016-present)

Other athletics administration

  • Member of European Athletics Council (2007-2019)
  • Member of EAA Development Commission (2007-2015)
  • Member of EAA-CORE Working Group (Constitution Reform) (2016-2017)
  • Atletiekunie Ex-officio Board Member (2011-present)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Basketball (1967-1973 national league; 1971-1973 junior international; 1980-1981 national league)
  • Volleybal (1988-1998 local competition)
  • Golf (1998-present local competition)
  • Member of National Sports Federation Board (1989-1993)

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Member of “International Federations Board Members” group (Dutch National Olympic Committee; 2017-present)
  • Technical Delegate (various international and European athletics competitions)

Athletics career

  • 24 national championships between 1975 and 1983 (various events)
  • 1979 Universiade pentathlon silver
  • 1980 Olympic Games pentathlon 10th place

Other experience and achievements

  • Post-doc physics researcher (CERN/MPI/CNRS; 1983-1989)
  • Researcher, Head of Department, Head of Division in Observations and Modelling (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute; 1989-2006)
  • Director/Head Quality and Business Improvement (Thales Netherlands; 2006-2014)
  • Director Security (Thales Netherlands; 2014-2019)
  • Honorary Council Member European Athletics (2019)
Sylvia Barlag (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY NETHERLANDSNetherlands
  • LANGUAGES Dutch, English, French, Italian

Antti PIHLAKOSKI

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2015-)
  • World Athletics Doping Review Board Member
  • IAAF Masters Commission Member

Other athletics administration

  • European Athletics Council Member since 2007
  • Finnish Athletics President
  • CEO of the World Athletics Championship in Helsinki 2005
  • President of the Organising Committee of European Athletics Championships in 2012
  • President of Track & Field Finland Sports Marketing Company
  • Honorary President of LOC in World Junior Championships in Tampere 2018

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Executive Board Member and Vice-President of Finnish Olympic Committee
  • Chairman of the Steering Group of Finnish Elite Sports Development Programme
  • Council Member Finnish Sports for All Association
  • Council Member Finnish Youth Sports Association
  • Chairman of the Organising Committee of the biggest Corporate Charity Fun Run (RunFest) in Finland

Athletics career

  • Three times national champion
  • Four times in national team
  • Held Finnish U18 800m record for 34 years

Other experience and achievements

  • Master of Science, Industrial Economics, MBA Studies
  • Plant Director of the biggest Window Factory in Finland
  • High ranked managerial and board positions in various companies in High Tech and Innovation Industry. Focus on young innovative companies (Governance, Leadership, Business Strategy, Sales, Finance and Venture Capital) as a Board Professional and Consultant
  • Senior Advisor and Ambassador of Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation
  • Initiator and creator of the IAAF Athletics for a Better World programme
Antti Pihlakoski (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Finland Finland
  • LANGUAGES Finnish, English

Adille J. SUMARIWALLA

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2015-)
  • Chair – IAAF Strategic Communications Advisory Group & Chair - Age Manipulation Committee

Other athletics administration

  • AFI (Athletics Federation of India): President since 2012
  • Chairman, Organising Committee - Asian Athletics Championships (2013 - Pune, India) & (2017 - Odisha, India), and Member, Organising Committee - IAAF Permit Meetings in India

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Indian Olympic Association – Vice President
  • Chef-de-Mission of the Indian Contingent - Asian Games 2014
  • Olympians Association of India - Treasurer
  • Mission Olympic Cell - set up by Government of India, to prepare Olympic medallists
  • Board of Directors - Governing Council of National Dope Testing Laboratory in India
  • Organising Committee for Commonwealth Games (New Delhi 2010), Commonwealth Youth Games (Pune 2008), Indian National Games (Pune 1994, Chattisgarh 2020)

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Member of Core Committee to develop a curriculum for Postgraduate/Masters Program in Sports Management, set up by Government of India
  • Chair, Maharashtra State Sports Policy Committee (Outdoor Sports)
  • Member of Terry Fox Run Committee, India, for past 10 years. In 2018, raised over US$900,000 for Cancer Research in Children

Athletics career

  • Represented India in the 100m at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow
  • 1979 Asian Championships 4x100m bronze
  • 1984 South Asian Games gold
  • Won 17 international medals for India (six gold, five silver, six bronze)
  • National 100m champion 11 times

Other experience and achievements

  • President of India Award - Arjuna Award - for Excellence in Athletics, 1985
  • President of India Award - for the Scouting movement in India, 1972
  • State Government Award - Excellence in Athletics, 1980 & Excellence in Coaching, 1999
  • Founder & Managing Director - Interspace Communications Pvt Ltd - Media House
  • Board Director - SE TransStadia Holdings Ltd, Next Radio Ltd, Next MediaWorks Ltd, Professional Sports Services (I) Pvt Ltd, Syngience Broadcast Ahmedabad Ltd
Adille Sumariwalla (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY India India
  • LANGUAGES English

Hiroshi YOKOKAWA

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member
  • Chairman of World Athletics Nationality Review Panel
  • President, Organising Committee of the IAAF World Relays 2019 Yokohama
  • Member of the Sustainability Working Group, IAAF

Other athletics administration

  • Vice President, Asian Athletics Association
  • President, Japan Association of Athletics Federations
  • President, Organising Committee of the IAAF World Challenge Meeting Golden Grand Prix
  • President, Organising Committee of Asian Championships (2011), Asian Cross Country (2015), Asian Junior Championships (2018), and annual Asian Race Walking Championships
  • President, Organising Committee of the Tokyo Marathon and other IAAF Label Road Races
  • President, Osaka Athletics Association & Kansai (Greater Osaka) Area Athletics Association
  • Start-up Member & President, Organising Committee of Osaka Marathon

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Executive Board Member, The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games
  • Board Member, Organising Committee of the 2026 Asian Games (Aichi, Japan)
  • Advisor, World Masters Games 2021 (Kansai, Japan)
  • Advisor, World Para Athletics Championships 2021 (Kobe, Japan)
  • Board of Directors’ Member, Japan Sports Association

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Expert Committee Member on the New National Stadium Construction, Japan Sports Council
  • Superintendent, Aomori Prefectural Police - Contributed to the development of safety and security plans for road races
  • Keynote Speaker for many seminars/conferences for the promotion of sports from the administrative, development, media promotion, integrity and strategic perspectives

Other experience and achievements

  • Received ‘Prince Chichibu Award’ for the notable contribution to athletics in Japan
  • Deputy Consul General of Japan in New York
  • Director-General, International Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of International Trade & Industry
  • President, The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association
  • Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
  • Statutory Auditor, Obayashi Corporation
  • Chairman, Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University / University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
Hiroshi Yokokawa (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Japan Japan
  • LANGUAGES Japanese, English

Valerie ADAMS

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Athletes' Commission Deputy Chairperson

Other experience and achievements

  • Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
  • Five-time recipient of the Lonsdale Cup in recognition as the leading national athlete in an Olympic sport
  • Halberg Awards Supreme Award – 2007, 2008, 2009

Athletics career

  • 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion, 2016 Olympic silver medallist
  • Four-time world champion outdoors, four-time world champion indoors
  • Three-time Commonwealth champion
  • 2001 world U18 and 2002 world U20 champion
  • 2014 Female World Athlete of the Year
Valerie Adams (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY New Zealand New Zealand
  • LANGUAGES English

Nan WANG

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2019-)
  • Member, IAAF Women’s Committee, 2015-2019
  • Deputy Director, LOC of Nanjing 2020 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2018-2020

Other athletics administration

  • Vice President, Asian Athletics Association, 2019-
  • Vice President & Treasurer, Chinese Athletic Association, 2019-
  • Executive Director, LOC of Taicang 2018 IAAF Race Walking Team Championships
  • Vice Chairwoman, LOC of Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships
  • Vice Chairwoman, LOC of Wuhan 2015 AAA Championships

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Deputy Director for the General Affairs Office, International Sports Exchange Centre, Chinese Olympic Committee (COC), 1994-1998
  • Secretariat Member of International Affairs Department, COC, 1986-1994
  • Lecturer, Ice Dancing Academy, COC, 1985-1986

Other experience and achievements

  • Excellent Member of 1990 Asian Games Beijing LOC
Nan Wang (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY China China
  • LANGUAGES Mandarin, English

Raul CHAPADO

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2019-)

Other athletics administration

  • President of Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA)
  • European Athletics Council Member
  • ExBo Member of RFEA
  • President of the Olympic Athletes Association
  • Founding Member of the National Athletes Association
  • Member of the Spanish Athletics Federation Anti Doping Commission

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Member of the Spanish Olympic Committee
  • Madrid 2020 Olympic Bid: General Director: Sport & Operations
  • Madrid 2016 Olympic Bid: Sport, Operations & Project Director
  • Management and Promotion Sport Director

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • Member of the Government Commission for Heath & Anti Doping
  • Member of the Athletes and Grants Commission
  • Member of the Member of the Cooperation and Integration Commission
  • Spain Sport Association Council Member

Athletics career

  • 15 times Spanish triple jump champion
  • Three Spanish records
  • 2000 Olympian
  • 2001 Mediterranean Games triple jump bronze
  • 1998 European Indoor Championships fifth place
  • 1990, 1991 and 1992 European Clubs champion

Other experience and achievements

  • TV commentator for RTVE (Rio 2016 Olympic Games)
  • Keynote in several masters, graduate schools, seminars, workshops, universities, Federations, NOC, etc.
  • Promotional campaigns of several products and brands
Raul Chapado (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Spain Spain
  • LANGUAGES Spanish, English

Ximena RESTREPO

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Vice-President (2019-present)
  • World Athletics Gender Leadership Taskforce (2018-present)
  • IAAF Athletes’ Commission Member (2001-2003)

Other athletics administration

  • ConSudAtle Athletes’ Commission Member (2018-present)
  • Universidad Catolica track and field Team head coach (2006-2011)
  • Club Deportivo Universidad Católica Track and Field Board Member (2011-present)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • Organising Committee of Santiago 2023 Pan-American Games Technical Director
  • Organising Committee of Santiago 2014 South American Games Technical Director (2010-2014)
  • Panam Sports Technical Commission Member (2018-present)

Other relevant and significant experience

  • Everest School Sports Director (2002-2006)
  • IAAF Level IV in middle and long distance events (2004)

Athletics career

  • 1992 Olympic 400m bronze medallist
  • 1991 World Championships 400m sixth place
  • 1993 World Championships 400m fifth place

Other experience and achievements

  • Nutritional coach since 2015
  • Masters in managing Olympic sport organisations (2017) Universidad San Sebastian-Chilean Olympic Committee
Ximena Restrepo (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY Colombia Colombia
  • LANGUAGES Spanish, English

Renaud LAVILLENIE

Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Athletes Commission Chairperson

Athletics career

  • Pole vault world record-holder
  • 2012 Olympic champion and 2016 silver medallist
  • Medallist at five consecutive World Championships 2009-2017
  • Three-time world indoor champion
  • Three-time European champion and four-time European indoor champion
  • 2014 Male World Athlete of the Year

Other experience and achievements

  • French Legion of Honour
Renaud Lavillenie (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY France France
  • LANGUAGES French, English

William BANKS

World Athletics administration

  • World Athletics Council Member (2019-)

Athletics administration

  • Vice President, The Athletic Congress (former)
  • Board member, USA Track and Field (former)
  • Board member, USA Track and Field Foundation
  • Chairman, USA Track and Field Alumni Association (former)
  • Chairman, Athletes Advisory Committee, USA Track and Field (former)

Experience with other sports or sports bodies

  • FIFA World Cup 1994, Deputy Venue Manager
  • Olympic Games 1996, Director of Athlete Services
  • USA Judo, Consultant
  • Southern California Velodrome Association (Cycling), President
  • World Sports Forum Advisory Board

Other relevant and significant sports experience

  • US Olympians and Paralympians Association, President (former)
  • World Olympians Association, Executive Board Member
  • Association of National Olympic Committees World Beach Games 2019, CEO
  • AthleteBiz Board
  • Goodwill Games Ambassador (former)

Athletics career

  • 1983 world triple jump silver medallist
  • Triple jump world record-holder, 1985-1995
  • 1985 World Cup triple jump champion
  • Olympian, USA, triple jump, 1984 and 1988
  • Creator of the ‘slow clap’ in athletics, 1981

Other experience and achievements

  • San Diego Sports Institute, Pres. (Training programme, middle and high school kids in all sports)
  • World Record Camps, LLC, Pres. (World Wide training camps for high school kids in athletics)
  • United States Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year 1985
  • Martin Luther King, Jr Women’s Assoc., ‘Drum Major for Justice’, positive leadership image
  • USATF Hall of Fame, 1999 Inductee
  • San Diego Hall of Fame 1988 Inductee
  • HSJ, Inc. Established, 1986 - Distributor of Fieldturf artificial turf for sports fields in Japan
  • UCLA Law School Graduate, Juris Doctorate, 1983 (BA undergrad 1978 Political Science)
William Banks (Philippe Fitte)

About

  • NATIONALITY United States United States
  • LANGUAGES English