The IAAF Council consists of 27 elected members, including one President, four Vice Presidents, one Treasurer, one representative from the Area groups (6) and 15 individual members.

There is guaranteed minimum of six female members. Each member is elected by the Congress for a period of four years.

The Council administers the affairs of the IAAF, appoints the General Secretary and all Delegates to IAAF competitions, including the World Athletic Series.

It has the power to provisionally elect or suspend a Member Federation, and to take urgent decisions. It submits a report and a budget to Congress every two years. It promotes a Development Programme for the benefit of Member Federations who require assistance.

Lamine DIACK


Chief Inspector of Taxes and State Property

1995-2001 Past Chairman of the Board of the National Water Company "Société Nationale des Eaux" of Senegal (SONES)    

Positions held in the IAAF

President since 8 November 1999 Senior Vice-President 1991-1999 Vice-President 1976-1991   

Positions held in his National and Area Federations

1973-2003 President of the African Amateur Athletic Confederation (AAAC) 

1963-1964 General Secretary of the Senegalese Athletic Federation

1974-1978 President of the Senegalese Athletic Federation

1978-to date Honorary President of the Senegalese Athletic Federation   

Positions held in the Olympic Movement

1999-to date In his capacity as IAAF President, he was elected an International Olympic Committee Member at the Extraordinairy IOC Session held in Lausanne on 11 December 1999.

1985-2002 President of the National Olympic and Sport Committee of Senegal (CNOSS)

1974-date Member of the National Olympic Committee of Senegal   

Past and present offices held

1963-1964 Football Coach of the Foyer France Senegal

1964-1968 Technical Director of the national football team of Senegal

1969-1970 General Commissioner for Sport

1970-1973 Secretary of State for Youth and Sport

1973-1987 Member of Executive Committee of the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA)

1974-1978 and 1994-date President of the ASC DIARAAF

1978-1980 Chairman of the City Council (Mayor) of Dakar

1978-1993 Member of Parliament 1988-1993

Senior Vice-President (Deputy Speaker) of the Parliament of Senegal   

Sports career

1957-1960 French/West African Record Holder of long jump

1958 French Champion long jump (7.63m)

1959 French University Champion long jump (7.72m)   


Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun (JPN)

Grand Officier de l'Etoile Equatoriale (GAB)

Commander of Order of Good Hope (RSA)

Officiale di Grancroce (ITA)

Officier de la Médaille de la Reconnaissance Centrafricaine

Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur de la République Francaise

Médaille de l'Ordre du Nil de la République Arabe d'Egypte

Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Lion du Sénégal

Bernardo O'Higgins Medal 1st Degree

Chile Order of the Officer

Cross Budapest, Hungary

Olympic Order Order of Merit

IAAF Order of Merit

ACNO Order of Merit

SCSA Order of Merit CAF 

Lamine Diack - IAAF President (Getty Images)


  • DATE OF BIRTH 7 June 1933
  • CIVIL STATUS Married, 15 children
  • LANGUAGES French, English

Sebastian COE


Chairman of the Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in London

Member of the House of Lords

Position(s) held within the IAAF

Council Member since 2003

Vice President since 2007

Chairman of the Press Commission since 2012

Position held in National Federation

Member of UK Athletics International Group

Sports Career

1972 English Schools Champion

1976 Great Britain International debut

1978 Prague European Championships – Bronze medallist in 800m

1982 Athens European Championships - Silver medal in 800m

1979-1981 European Cups – Gold Medallist

1979 European Indoor 800m – Gold Medallist

1980 Moscow Olympic Games - Gold medallist in 1500m and Silver medallist in 800m.

1981 World Cup in Athletics – Gold medallist in 800m

1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games - Gold medallist in 1500m and Silver medallist in 800m

1986 Stuttgart European Championships - Gold medal in 800m

1989 World Cup in Athletics – Silver Medallist in 1500m

Past and Present Offices held

1981-92 Chairman, Athletes Commission, International Olympic Committee

1983-90 Appointed to Sports Council

1986-89 Vice Chairman to Sports Council

1987-93 Medical Commission, International Olympic Committee

1992-1997 Member of Parliament for Falmouth & Camborne

1996 Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Heseltine, MP, Deputy Prime Minister

1997 Appointed Government Whip

1997-to date Sport for All Commission, International Olympic Committee

1997-2001 Appointed Private Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition (Rt Hon William Hague, MP)

1999 2000 Commission International Olympic Committee

1998 Appointed President of the Amateur Athletic Association

2010 Appointed Chair of the Sports Honours Committee

Additional information

1979 BBC Sports Personality of the Year

1979, 80, 81 & 84 Sports Writers' Sportsman of the Year

Chaired the Sports Council’s Olympic Review

Author of five books, Born to Run (co-written by David Miller), Comeback (co-written by David Miller), Running for Fitness (co-written by Peter Coe), The Olympians and More Than a Game; Experienced broadcaster and public speaker 

Other recreational pastimes include listening to jazz and Chelsea Football Club

Decorations / Distinctions

1991 Awarded OBE

1999 British Sports Writer’s Award for ‘Most Outstanding Contribution to Sport in the last 50 years’

2000 Elevated to The House of Lords, The Lord Coe, OBE

2006 Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) for services to sport

Sebastian Coe (Getty Images)


  • DATE OF BIRTH 29 September 1956
  • LANGUAGES English, French

    Victor LOPEZ


    Post Graduate Studies (55 Credit Hours) toward Doctorate in Education – University of Houston

    Master of Science in Physical Education – Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas - 1975

    B.S. in Physical Education – University of Houston - 1971

    Work experience

    Head Coach Women Track and Field & Cross Country at Rice University in Houston, Texas USA – 1979-2005

    Physical Education Instructor and Head Coach for Athletics at the University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus – 1978-1979

    Director of Athletics and Head Track Coach at the University of Turabo in Caguas, Puerto Rico – 1973-1978

    Graduate Student Assistant Track Coach at the University of Houston, in Texas USA – 1971-73

    Physical education teacher at Douglas Elementary School in Houston, Texas – 1971-1973

    USA Army – 1967-1970

    Sports Career

    Chairman of the IAAF Coaches Commission – 2005 to date

    President of the Central American and Caribbean Athletic Confederation (CACAC) 1998 to 2011– Regional Governing Body for 34 IAAF Member Federations

    President of the Association of Panamerican Athletics - APA - 2011 to date Hemisphere Governing Body for 41 IAAF Member Federations

    President of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletics Association and Area Representative/IAAF Council Member - August 2013 to date

    President of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Coaches Association (NACACTFCA) – 1998 to date

    Member of the IAAF Technical Committee for 12 years

    Member of the Puerto Rico Olympic Committee (COPUR) representing the public interest since 2008. 2nd Vice President since 2012

    Consultant and Lecturer for the IAAF Academy for the Americas

    Director of Coaching Education for the Central American and Caribbean region – 1978 to 1998

    Board Member of NACAC, IAAF Regional Development Center-San Juan, Member of the board of directors of the Teodoro Moscoso World’s Best 10 K - an IAAF Gold Label Race

    Editor of the IAAF-NACAC Technical Bulletin for 11 years

    Editorial Board Member of the IAAF New Studies in Athletics for 10 years

    Head Coach of the Puerto Rico Olympic Team in 1984, 1992, 2000 & 2004. Consultant/Advisor Puerto Rico Olympic Team 2008 &2012

    Coach of the Canada Olympic Team in 1996

    Former athlete and medallist of the Puerto Rico National Team CAC Games – 1966 and 1970

    Member of the following Hall of Fame: USA Track and Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Puerto Rico Hall of Fame, Rice University Hall of Fame, Puerto Rico Sports Hall of Fame, The City of Aguas Buenas and Caguas Hall of Fame

    Victor Lopez - IAAF Council Member ()


    • DATE OF BIRTH 29 May 1943
    • LANGUAGES English, Spanish

    Abby HOFFMAN

    Position held in the IAAF

    First elected to the IAAF Council in 1995; re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007

    Co-ordinator,  IAAF Anti-doping Task Force since 2004; ex officio member Medical & Anti-Doping Commission – 2004 to present

    Currently a Member of the IAAF Competitions Commission; and Daegu World Championships Co-ordination Commission

    Chair of the Jury Appeal at IAAF World Championships and at Olympic Games

    Elected member of the  IAAF Women’s Committee (1987-1995)

    Attended all IAAF Congresses since 1987

    Advocate for new track, road, field and cross-country events on athletics programme for women

    Speaker at IAAF Symposia on development issues, anti-doping strategies and women’s athletics

    Major interests:  future of athletics; campaign against doping; world-wide promotion and expansion of athletics

    Sport Background

    National Team Member in Track and Field 1962-1976 in middle distances

    Four-time Olympian in 800m; finalist in 1968 and 1972

    Won many major titles and medals – Pan-American Games, Commonwealth Games, FISU Games, US and British Championships

    Flag bearer for Canada at the 1976 Olympics

    Elected to the NOC Executive Committee in 1981 (first female)

    Athlete representative and member of the Board of Directors, Athletics Canada (1970-1981)

    Frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences and author of books and articles on many aspects of sport, including women in sport, professionalisation, high performance, athletes rights, athletics in developing countries, the campaign against doping etc

    Professional Career

    Director General of Canada’s national sport agency, Sport Canada, for ten years (1981-91)

    Post-graduate degree in Political Economy; pursued a career as a university professor in this field prior to current career in senior ranks of the federal government

    Currently a Senior Executive in the Ministry of Health (Government of Canada)

    Made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982 in recognition of contributions to sport and public service

    Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Laws (York University) 1998

    Abby Hoffman (Getty Images)


    • DATE OF BIRTH 11 February 1947
    • CIVIL STATUS Single 
    • LANGUAGES English, French



      1988 Bachelor of Science - Iowa State University of Science and Technology – Ames, Iowa - USA


      Senior Executive - Fondation (Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur)

      1997-1998 Secretary of State for Sport and Youth

      2007-2009 Moroccan Minister of Youth and Sports

      Positions held within the IAAF

      IAAF Council Member since 1995

      Athletes’ Commission Member since 1989

      Development sub-commission for women "Special Project for the 1998 Year of Women in Athletics" 

      Competition Commission Member

      Sustainable Development Commission Member

      IAF Council Member

      CAA Council Member

      Positions held within the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

      IOC Vice President  since 2012

      IOC Executive Board Member since 2008

      IOC Member since 1998

      Member of the "Working Group on Women and Sport" since 1996

      Member of the Marketing Commission

      President of the Evaluation Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games

      President of the Evaluation Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games

      President of the Coordination Commission for the 2016 Olympic Games

      Other Positions

      Member of the FIFA Women’s Football Commission

      Member of the FIFA Women’s Competitions Commission

      Member of the "Comité International des Jeux Méditerranéens" - CIJM

      Member of the "Comité International des Jeux de la Francophonie" - CIJF

      Board member of « Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award »

      Founder Member of the « Laureus World Sports Academy »

      Founder and President of Association Marocaine de Sports et Développment

      Sports career

      1982 African Championships Cairo – Gold Medallist in 400m Hurdles

      1983 French Championships Bordeaux, France – Gold Medallist in 400m Hurdles

      1983 Mediterranean Games Casablanca – Gold Medallist in 400m Hurdles

      1984 NCAA Championships – Gold Medallist in 400m Hurdles

      1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles – Gold Medallist in 400m Hurdles, first ever Muslim women victory

      1985 Universiade Kobe – Bronze Medallist in 400m Hurdles

      1985 Arab Championships – Gold Medallist in 100m, 200m, 400m Hurdles

      1987 Mediterranean Games Lakatia - Gold Medallist in 400m Hurdles

      1987 Universiade Zagreb – Gold Medallist in 400m Hurdles

      Arab, Mediterranean and Moroccan Record Holder for 400m Hurdles

      Past and Present Offices held in Sport

      1991 Director of National School of T & F branch in Casablanca

      1992 Vice President of the Moroccan Track and Field Federation; Chairman of the Women's Commission, Member of the Moroccan National Olympic Committee

      1993 Race Organiser - Women's 5km and 10Km – Casablanca; National Technical Director - Assistant


      1983 National Merit awarded by King Hassan II of Morocco

      1998 Knight of the Lion National Order awarded by President of Senegal

      1999 UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Morocco

      2003 FAIR PLAY Mecenate Prize” by Associazione Premio Internazionale “GAIO CILNIO Mecenate”

      2003 FLO HYMAN Award by “The Women’s Sport Foundation” - USA

      2004 Merite National de l’Ordre de Commandeur, by King Mohammed VI of Morocco

      2005 Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit of the Republic of Tunisia

      2005 IAAF Silver Order of Merit

      2006 Induction into the Hall of Fame by Women’s Sport Foundation- USA

      2007 Olympians Association Award - Osaka

      2007 Iowa State University’s Distinguished Achievement Award - USA

      2010 Laureus Lifetime achievement Award

      2010 United Nations Goodwill ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals

      2011 AIPS “Power of Sport” Award

      2012 Chevalier National du Benin, Republic of Benin
      Nawal El Moutawakel (Getty Images)


      • DATE OF BIRTH 15 April 1962
      • NATIONALITY MoroccoMoroccan
      • CIVIL STATUS Married - 2 children
      • LANGUAGES Arabic, French, English 

        Isaiah KIPLAGAT

        Position held in the IAAF

        IAAF Council Member since 1999

        Position held in National Federation


        Additional Information

        1975 - Vice-Chairman, Kenya Amateur Athletics Association

        1976-1986 - Secretary General, Kenya Amateur Athletics Association

        1987-1989 - Vice-Chairman, Kenya Amateur Athletics Association

        1992-to date - Chairman, Kenya Amateur Athletics Association

        1976-1987 - Member, IAAF Technical Committee 

        1977-1996 - Secretary/Treasurer, East Africa Athletic Board

        Isiah Kiplagat, EBS, MBS (Getty Images)


        • DATE OF BIRTH 12th November 1944
        • CIVIL STATUS 
        • LANGUAGES English   

          Alberto JUANTORENA DANGER


          Vice Minister of Sport for Cuba

          Positions held within the IAAF

          Council Member

          Member of Development Commission

          Grand Prix Commission Member 

          Sports Career

          1973 Universiade Moscow, Gold medallist, 400m (45.36)

          1974 Central American Games, Dominica, Gold medallist, 400m (45.36) 

          1976 Olympic Games, Montreal, Gold medallist, 800m (1:43.50) and 400m (44.26) 

          1977 Universiade, Sofia, Gold medallist, World Record - 800m (1:43.44) 

          1977 IAAF World Cup, Dusseldorf, Gold medallist - 800m (1:44.01) and  400m (45.36) 

          1978 Central American Games, Columbia, Gold medallist - 400m (44.27) and 800m (1:47.78) 

          1982 Central American Games, Cuba, Gold medallist - 800m (1:45.19) & 4 x 400m

          Past and Present Offices held

          1984 – date - Vice Minister of Sports for Cuba

          1986 – date - Vice-President of the Cuban Olympic Committee

          1995 - Technical Delegate - 5th IAAF World Championships Gothenburg

          1997- date - Senior Vice-President of the Cuban Olympic Committee

          Alberto Juantorena Danger (Getty Images)


          • DATE OF BIRTH 3 December 1950
          • NATIONALITY CUBACuban
          • CIVIL STATUS Married - 5 children
          • LANGUAGES Spanish, English 

            Ahmad AL KAMALI


            Attorney at Law   all UAE and GCC Courts ( Al Kamali Advocates and Legal Consultation)

            Basic Education

            1976-1980   University of Law, Cairo

            1980-1988   Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

            1982-1984  Masters in Criminal Law, Cairo

            Professional Experience

            Former Military Judge

            Former Administrative Headquarter officer

            1980- Present  Attorney at law for International Companies and Government Departments of the UAE

            Positions Held in his Area Federation

            1988-1992  Secretary General UAE Athletic Federation  ( elected)

            2007-2008  Secretary General UAE Athletic Federation  ( elected)

            2007-Present Executive Member Al Ali Club  (Leading Club in UAE) In charge of all individual events: table tennis, cycling, weight lifting, swimming

            2008-Present President of UAE Athletic Federation ( elected)

            1997- Present   Chairman Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon      

            2010 Chairman 1st Annual 5 K Women’s Run

            Positions held in the Olympic Movement

            2008  National Olympic Committee Member

            2008-2010  Chairman Technical Committee

            2008-2010   Chairman for all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Athletic Committees

            Sports career

            1973- 1988   Athletic participation in school Team National and Military

            More than 50 International Competitions

            1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul  Olympics participation

            2 Asian Games

            Several international Meets

            1986 awarded UNICEF Peace Medal

            1988 Best Athlete UAE

            2009 awarded the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Sports Award for “Best sports Institute” in the UAE.

            Social Activities

            Support to Athletic races

            Support to female running athletes

            Support to various charitable races in the UAE

            Amicable and well acknowledged in UAE Society

            Ahmad Al Kamali (Getty Images)


            • DATE OF BIRTH 22 October 1958
            • CIVIL STATUS Married, 4 children
            • LANGUAGES Arabic, English, Urdu and Persian

              Hamad KALKABA MALBOUM


              Senior Officer of the Cameroon Defence Forces

              Positions held within the IAAF

              2007 – present, Africa Area Group Representative/Council Member      

              Positions held within Member Federation

              1993 – 2001 President of the Cameroon Athletics Federation

              Member of the Board of Directors of the Cameroon Athletics Federation


              1969-1972: National Military Academy of Cameroon

              1972-1973: Advanced School for Military Police Officers

              1987-1988: War College (Level 1)

              1992-1993: Further studies in sports organisation management

              1994-1995: War College (Level 2)

              Functions held within the Civilian Sports Movement

              2001 – present, President of the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee

              2003 – present, President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA)

              2009 – present, Member of the IOC Sport and Environment Commission

              2011 – present, Member of the Board of the IOC Olympic Truce Foundation

              2009 – present, Senior Vice-President of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation

              2002 – 2005, Member of the Development Commission of ANOCA          

              1992 – present, Founder and Honorary President of the Baseball and Softball Federation

              Function held within the International Military Sport Council (CISM)

              2010 – present, President of the International Military Sport Council (CISM)

              1996 – 2010, Vice-President of the International Military Sport Council (CISM)

              1996 – 2010, President of the Organisation of Military Sport in Africa (OSMA)

              1992 – 2010, Member of the CISM Board of Directors

              1978 – 2003, Chief of the Delegation of Cameroon in CISM

              1976 – 1978, Cameroon Delegate in CISM

              Functions held within the Cameroonian Defense Forces

              1998 – 2010, Advisor to the Minister of Defence of Cameroon

              Sports Career

              100m, 200m and Long Jump

              1970 – 1974 Member of the National Relay Team, 4 x 100m

              Hamad Kalkaba Malboum (Getty Images)


              • DATE OF BIRTH 11 November 1950
              • NATIONALITY CameroonCameroon
              • CIVIL STATUS 
              • LANGUAGES French, English, Arabic

                Helmut DIGEL


                Director of the Institute of Sports Science

                Position held within the IAAF

                IAAF Council Member since 1995

                IAAF Vice President 2001-2007

                Chairman of the IAAF Marketing/Promotion Commission

                Member of the IAAF Development Commission

                President of the LOC of the 18th European Championships in Athletics Munich 2002

                Technical Delegate and Organisation Delegate of various World Championships (Indoor and Outdoor)

                Position held in National Federation

                1993-2001 President DLV (German Athletic Federation)

                Honorary President of DLV since 2001

                1994-2003 Vice-President of the German Olympic Committee

                Since 2003 Honorary Member of the GOC

                Sports Career

                Former athlete

                Former First League Olympic Handball player

                Former Coach of an Olympic Handball Team

                Past and Present Offices held

                Professor of Sports Sciences at the Universities of Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Tübingen

                Head of the Scientific Council of the German Sports Federation (Deutscher Sportbund)

                Member of the Presidency of the German Sports Federation

                Member of the board of the Federal Institute of Sports Science (Cologne)

                Advisor to the government of Germany in its international co-operation policy on sport

                Author on sports systems & development in the following countries: Ecuador, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Nigeria, Peru, Venezuela

                Author of more than 20 books

                Numerous keynotes and papers at various international sports congresses

                Helmut Digel (Getty Images)


                • DATE OF BIRTH 6 January 1944
                • NATIONALITY GERMANYGerman
                • CIVIL STATUS Married - 1 child
                • LANGUAGES German, English   

                  Jose Maria ODRIOZOLA


                  PhD in Biochemistry, Madrid University

                  Work experience

                  1989 – present, President of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation

                  1983 – 2005 Professor of Biochemistry at Madrid University

                  1974 – 1976 Research Fellow at Harvard University (USA)

                  Sports Career

                  President, Royal Spanish Athletics Federation since 1989 & Directive Council Member

                  Vice President of the Spanish Olympic Committee. Member of its Executive Committee since 1989

                  Member of the IAAF Medical Commission from 1987 to 1995

                  Member of the IAAF Council since 1999

                  Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit of Spain in the year 2000;

                  IAAF Veteran Pin in 2003

                  European Athletic Association Golden Pin in 2005

                  International athlete and Spanish Champion of 800m and 4x400m

                  Spanish Champion and International in Rugby

                  30 marathons finished. Best personal record 2:34.34 (age 43)

                  Fifth position in 800 m at the World Veterans Championship (Hannover 1979)

                  President of the Athletics Technical Committee during the Olympic Games of Barcelona’92


                  IAAF World Race Walking Cup, L’Hospitalet 1989

                  IAAF World Cup in Athletics, Barcelona 1989

                  IAAF World Indoor Championships, Sevilla 1991

                  Ibero-American Championships, Sevilla 1992

                  IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Amorebieta 1993

                  IAAF World Marathon Cup, San Sebastian 1993

                  European Junior Championships, San Sebastian 1993

                  IAAF World Indoor Championships, Barcelona 1995

                  Final of the European Super League, Madrid 1996

                  IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, Palma de Mallorca 1996

                  European Indoor Championships, Valencia 1998

                  IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Sevilla 1999

                  IAAF World Cup in Athletics, Madrid 2002

                  Ibero-American Championships, Huelva 2004

                  European Indoor Championships, Madrid 2005

                  Final of the European Super League, Málaga 2006

                  European Cross Country Championships, Toro 2007

                  IAAF World Indoor Championships, Valencia 2008

                  Ibero-American Championships, San Fernando 2010

                  European Championships, Barcelona 2010

                  IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Punta Umbría 2011

                  IAAF World Junior Championships, Barcelona 2012

                  IAAF TECHNICAL DELEGATE:

                  IAAF World Junior Championships, Santiago de Chile 2000

                  IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Paris 2003

                  IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics, Moscow 2006

                  Olympic Games, London 2012

                  IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Beijing 2005


                  IAAF World Cross-Country Championships, Edinburgh 2008

                  IAAF World Championships Berlin 2009

                  IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013

                  IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014

                  Jose Maria Odriozola (Getty Images)


                  • DATE OF BIRTH 23 July 1939
                  • NATIONALITY SPAIN Spanish
                  • CIVIL STATUS 
                  • LANGUAGES Spanish, English, French  

                    Roberto GESTA DE MELO



                    Positions held within the IAAF

                    IAAF Council Member

                    South American Area Group Representative

                    1991 – present, Development Commission Member

                    1991 – present, Finance/Budget Commission Member

                    Grand Prix Commission Member

                    Past and present offices held 

                    1967 President of the Amazonas Law School Athletic Federation

                    1968 Vice-President Amazonas State University Sports Federation

                    1969 President Amazonas Philosophy School Athletic Federation

                    1970 – 1972 President of the Amazonas State University Sports Federation

                    1973 – 1975 President of the Amazonas Table Tennis Federation

                    1974-1979 President of the Amazonas Volleyball Federation

                    1975 – 1983 Secretary of Sports of the Amazonas State

                    1979 – 1984 President of the Amazonas State Athletic Federation

                    1980 – 1989 Vice-President of the Brazilian Volleyball Federation

                    1984 – 1986 Vice-President of the Brazilian Athletic Federation

                    1987 – 1991 Secretary of Sports of the Amazonas State

                    1987-1991 Member of the IAAF Technical Committee

                    1987– present, President of the Brazilian Athletic Federation

                    1987 – present, Member of the Brazilian Olympic Committee

                    1989 Organiser of the 7th IAAF World 15km Road Race Championship for Women in Rio de Janeiro

                    1989 – present, Member of the South American Athletic Confederation Council

                    1993 – present, President of the South American Athletic Confederation

                    1994 – present, Member of the Working Group 2000

                    1995 – present, Member of the IAAF Grand Prix Commission

                    1997 – 1998 President of the Amazonas State Olympic Confederations and Federations Association

                    1997-1998 Secretary of Sport of the Amazonas Government

                    1998 Organiser of the 4th IAAF/Amazon Government World Road Relay Championships

                    Roberto Gesta de Melo (Getty Images)


                    • DATE OF BIRTH 22 March 1945 
                    • NATIONALITY BRAZILBrazilian 
                    • CIVIL STATUS Married
                    • LANGUAGES Portuguese, English, Spanish

                      Hansjörg WIRZ


                      Consultant - Marketing, organisation and communication with priority in the field of sport


                      Degree in technical and commercial fields as well as in marketing and management

                      Positions held in the IAAF

                      IAAF Council Member since 1999

                      European Area Group Representative since 1999

                      Sports Career

                      400m Hurdles

                      Several National Championships titles

                      Swiss Record Holder

                      25 international nominations including European Championships in Athens 1969 and Olympic Games in Munich 1972

                      Positions held in Athletics

                      National Coach Hurdles Swiss Athletic Federation

                      Head of High Performance Department Swiss Athletic Federation

                      Technical Director/Director of Swiss Athletic Federation  1978-1990

                      Head of Swiss High Performance Committee

                      European Athletics Council Member since 1991

                      European Athletics Treasurer 1995-1999

                      European Athletics President 1999-date


                      Swiss Olympic Association: Chef de Mission Olympic Games 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002

                      Hansjörg Wirz (Getty Images)


                      • DATE OF BIRTH 9 June 1943
                      • NATIONALITY SWITZERLANDSwiss
                      • CIVIL STATUS Married - 2 children
                      • LANGUAGES German, English, French  

                        Valentin BALAKHNICHEV


                        Power Energy Engineer/Coach in Athletics

                        Positions held within the IAAF

                        Council Member since 2007

                        Member of the IAAF Marketing & Promotion Commission since 1997

                        Positions held within Member Federation

                        1991– present, President of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF)


                        1975 Moscow Power Engineering University

                        1982 Central Institute for Physical Culture and Sports

                        1985 PhD

                        1999 Doctor of sciences in theory and methodology of physical education and sports training


                        2002– present, Member of the Council for Physical Culture and Sport under the President of the Russian Federation

                        1978 – 1984, Coach, USSR National Athletics team

                        1995 – present, Member of the Executive Committee of the Russian Olympic Committee

                        2000-2004 Vice-Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation Positions in the International Sports Organizations

                        1995 - 2007 Vice-President, European Athletic Association

                        Sports career

                        1971 – 1974 Member of the USSR National Athletic team, 110m Hurdles

                        1964 – 1976 Active participation in Athletics

                        1969 Bronze winner of the USSR Championships, 110m Hurdles


                        2006 Governmental Order of Merit

                        2005 IAAF Veteran Pin

                        2001 Governmental Order of Friendship

                        Valentin V Balakhnichev (Getty Images)


                        • DATE OF BIRTH 23 April 1949
                        • NATIONALITY RUSSIARussian
                        • CIVIL STATUS 
                        • LANGUAGES Russian, English

                          Geoff GARDNER


                          Politician (retired)

                          Businessman – Tourism, Horticulture

                          Position held in the IAAF 

                          IAAF Council Member and Oceania Area Representative from August 2011

                          IAAF Development Commission, Member

                          IAAF Finance and Budget Commission, Member

                          Positions held in National Federation

                          1982 to date Executive Board Member

                          1992 – 1995, 2004 to date General Secretary

                          National Technical Official

                          Additional Information

                          1996 – 2010 Member Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island

                          2001 – 2006 Chief Minister

                          2006 – 2007 Speaker of the Legislative Assembly

                          2003 to date Oceania Athletics Association Council Member

                          2007 to date President - Oceania Athletics Association

                          Sports Career

                          Athlete – New Zealand, South Africa, Norfolk Island. Javelin and High Jump

                          1982 – 2006 Coach – Throws and Jumps

                          Technical Official – National and Oceania Area and Regional Championships


                          Oceania Athletics Association – IAAF Centenary Medallion 2012

                          Oceania Athletics Association Merit Award 2010

                          Centenary Medal – Australia 2001

                          IAAF Council Member Geoff Gardener (IAAF)


                          • DATE OF BIRTH 1 March 1961
                          • NATIONALITY NORFOLK ISLANDSNorfolk Islander
                          • CIVIL STATUS
                          • LANGUAGES English

                            Robert HERSH


                            Bachelor of Arts Degree, Columbia University

                            Juris Doctor Degree, Harvard Law School


                            Retired Corporate Lawyer

                            Positions held in the IAAF

                            1984-1999, Technical Committee Member

                            1987-1999, Chairman, Competition Working Group

                            1999 – present, Council Member

                            2001 – present, Member, Juridical Commission

                            2003 – present, Member, Doping Review Board

                            2007 – present, Vice President

                            2007 – present, Chairman, Competition Commission

                            2007 – present, Member, TOECS Working Group

                            2011 – present, Senior Vice President

                            International Appointments

                            Organizational Delegate:             

                            2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships

                            2010 IAAF World Junior Championships

                            Technical Delegate:        

                            2012 Olympic Games

                            2013 IAAF World Championships

                            1991, 2001, 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships

                            2006 IAAF World Junior Championships

                            1986 Pan-American Junior Championships           

                            Numerous IAAF Grand Prix and Permit Meetings


                            1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships

                            1989 and 1996 IAAF Grand Prix Finals

                            Stadium Announcer:     

                            1984-1996, 2004-2008 Olympic Games

                            1991-2007 World Championships

                            1994-1998, 2006 World Cup in Athletics

                            1987-1999, 2006, 2008 World Indoor Championships

                            1994 and 1998 World Junior Championships

                            1984, 1992, 2006, 2007 World Cross-Country Championships

                            1987, 2007 Pan-American Games

                            1990, 1998 Goodwill Games

                            2001, 2005, 2009 ITO Course Lecturer and Examiner

                            Positions held in National Federation

                            Member, Board of Directors

                            Member, Operations Committee and Audit Committee

                            Former Rules Committee Chairman

                            Track & Field Record Keeper

                            1987 – 1997 General Counsel 1987-1997

                            1982 – 1996 USA/Mobil Grand Prix Commissioner

                            Position held in Diamond League, A.G.

                            Member, Board of Directors, 2010 - Present

                            Other athletics affiliations

                            Member, ATFS (Association of Track & Field Statisticians)

                            Member, Fast (Federation of American Statisticians of Track)

                            Robert Hersh - IAAF Senior Vice President (Getty Images)


                            • DATE OF BIRTH 12 February 1940 
                            • NATIONALITY American American
                            • Profession Lawyer
                            • LANGUAGES English   

                            Sergey BUBKA


                            IAAF Vice President, IOC EB Member, NOC of Ukraine President 

                            Position held in the IAAF

                            IAAF Council Member since 2001

                            Position held in National Federation

                            Council Member

                            Sports Career

                            Pole Vault, World Champion 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997

                            World Record Holder Indoors and Outdoors in Pole Vault

                            Past and Present Offices held

                            IOC Member (1999- present)

                            IOC Executive Board Member (2000-2008, 2012- present)

                            IOC Athletes’ Commission Member (1996-2002), Chairman (2002-2008), Honorary Member (2008- present)

                            Coordination Commission Chairman of IAAF World Championships in Daegu 2011, Moscow 2013

                            ASOIF Council Member (2009- present)

                            NOC of Ukraine President (2005- present)

                            Member of the Ukrainian Parliament (2002-2006)

                            Founder and President of ‘Sergey Bubka’s Sport Club’ (1992-2002), Honorary President (2002- present)

                            Sergey Bubka - IAAF Vice President (Getty Images)


                            • DATE OF BIRTH 4 December 1963
                            • NATIONALITY UkrainianUkrainian
                            • CIVIL STATUS Married
                            • LANGUAGES Russian, Ukrainian, English, French

                              Dahlan Jumaan AL HAMAD


                              President of Qatar Military Sports Association 

                              Major General of the Qatar Armed Forces

                              President of the Qatar Association of Athletics Federation

                              Sport related positions 

                              IAAF Council Member since 2003

                              Sr. Vice President of Asian Athletic Association since 2006

                              President of Qatar Military Sports Association since 1998

                              Member of IAAF Marketing Commission since 2003

                              Member of IAAF Development Commission since 2003

                              Chairman of RDC Cairo Board since 2003

                              President of AAA Development Commission since 2006

                              Vice President of AAA Marketing Commission since 2006

                              Board Member of Qatar Olympic Committee since 2008

                              Board Member of Qatar Military Sports Club since 2011

                              Chairman of IAAF Sustainable Development Commission since 2007

                              Former Offices held

                              President of Qatar Association of Athletics Federation 1996 – 2008, 2012 to date

                              Vice President of Organizing Committee of Gymnasiade DOHA – 2007 - 2010

                              Member of Marketing Committee (IAAF) 1999 – 2003

                              Board Member of Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee 2006, 2000 – 2004

                              Chairman of Organizing Committee of GCC Athletics from 1986 – 2000

                              General Secretary of Qatar Olympic Committee from 1999 – 2001


                              Graduated from USA with a Bachelor in Finance

                              Graduated from USA with Master's Degree in Management

                              Graduated from USA in Master's of Military Sciences

                              Other positions

                              Office Director of His Highness Commander in Chief of the Military Affairs

                              Vice President of Doha Insurance Company
                              Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad (Getty Images)


                              • DATE OF BIRTH 18 January 1957
                              • NATIONALITY QATARQatari
                              • CIVIL STATUS Married - five children
                              • LANGUAGES Arabic, English

                                Anna RICCARDI

                                Positions held within the IAAF

                                IAAF Council Member since 2007

                                IAAF Technical Committee Member since 1999  

                                Positions held within Member Federation

                                Director – FIDAL International, Marketing & Promotion Departments

                                Meeting Director Compeed Golden Gala, Samsung Diamond League Rome


                                Graduated from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Foreign Languages and Literature with full marks and honours

                                Master Degree in Literary Translations, English Studies, University of Rome, “La Sapienza”

                                Degree of Interpreter, Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori, Rome


                                1982–present, FIDAL (Italian Athletics Federation), International Department

                                1993–present, CONI (the Italian NOC), Olympic Preparation Department, with the special charge of the International Relations

                                1995–present, Director of FIDAL’s International , Marketing & Promotion Depts

                                2010–present, Meeting Director, Compeed Golden Gala, SDL Rome

                                Event Coordinator, Major International Athletics Events in Italy

                                IAAF Grand Prix Final, Milan 1996

                                IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Turin 1997

                                European Cup in Combined Events, Bressanone 1998

                                European Cross Country Championships, Ferrara 1998

                                European Junior Championships in Athletics, Grosseto 2001

                                IAAF Race Walking World Cup, Torino 2002

                                IAAF World Junior Championships, Grosseto 2004

                                European Cross Country Championships, S. Giorgio su Legnano, 2006

                                European Cup First League, Milano 2007

                                European Cup, Florence 2005

                                European Indoor Championships, Torino 2009

                                Team Manager of the National Athletics Teams of Italy in all major competitions

                                Olympic Games, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004

                                IAAF World Championships all editions since Goteborg 1995

                                European Championships Budapest 1998, Munich 2002, Goteborg 2006

                                European Cups, yearly event, since 1995, etc

                                Other Information

                                Member of the Official Italian Delegations to the EAA (Europe) and IAAF Congresses

                                Member of the European Competition Committee

                                Anna Riccardi (Getty Images)


                                • DATE OF BIRTH 5 June 1959
                                • NATIONALITY ITALYItalian
                                • CIVIL STATUS 
                                • LANGUAGES Italian, English, French, Spanish

                                  Frank FREDERICKS


                                  1991-1994 MBA, Brigham Young University (BYU), Provo, USA

                                  1987-1991 Bachelor of Computer Science (BYU), Provo, USA

                                  1986 Matriculated from Concordia High School, Windhoek, Namibia

                                  Sports Career / Administration / Charities

                                  IAAF Council Member

                                  IAAF Athletes’ Commission Member, Chairman

                                  Athletics Namibia, President

                                  CAA Council Member

                                  IOC Member

                                  Frank Fredericks Foundation, Chairman

                                  Namibia Olympians Association, President

                                  Board Member of Namibia NOC

                                  WADA Athletes’ Commission Member

                                  UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

                                  Namibia Goodwill Ambassador

                                  Champion for Peace – Peace and Sport

                                  1991 - 100m Silver Medallist, IAAF World Championships, Tokyo

                                  1992 - 100 and 200m Silver Medallist, Olympic Games, Barcelona

                                  1993 - 200m Gold Medallist, Stuttgart World Championships

                                  1994 - 200m Gold Medallist, Victoria Commonwealth Games, Victoria 

                                  1995 - 200m Silver Medallist, IAAF World Championships, Goteborg

                                  1996 - 100 and 200m Silver Medallist, Olympic Games, Atlanta

                                  1997 - 200m Silver Medallist, IAAF World Championships, Athens

                                  1998 - 200m Gold Medallist, IAAF World Cup in Athletics, Johannesburg

                                  1999 – 200m Gold Medallist, IAAF World Indoor Championships, Maebashi

                                  2002 - 200m Gold Medallist, Commonwealth Games, Manchester

                                  2003 - 200m Gold Medallist, Afro Asian Games, Hyderabad)                                        

                                  Board of Directors

                                  Plastic Packaging Holdings (PTY) Ltd

                                  Namibian Equity Brokers (PTY) Ltd

                                  Investment Solutions Namibia (PTY) Ltd

                                  Alexander Forbes Group Namibia (PTY) Ltd

                                  Rössing Uranium (PTY) Ltd

                                  Frank Fredericks (Getty Images)


                                  • DATE OF BIRTH 2 October 1967
                                  • NATIONALITY NamibiaNamibian
                                  • CIVIL STATUS
                                  • LANGUAGES English, Afrikaans, German

                                    Bernard AMSALEM

                                    Activities, Competitions Organisation

                                    IAAF World Indoor Championships (1997)

                                    IAAF World Junior Championships (1998)

                                    WMRA World & European Mountain Running Championships (1998 & 2007)

                                    IAAF World Race Walking Cup (1999)

                                    Diamond League Meeting AREVA (since 1999)

                                    European Cup (1999, 2002 & 2008)

                                    European Combined Events Cup (2001 & 2006)

                                    IAU 100km World Championships (2001)

                                    European Winter Throwing Cup (2001 & 2010)

                                    IAAF Grand-Prix Final (2002)

                                    IAAF World Championships (2003)

                                    IAAF World Cross-Country Championships (2005)

                                    DecaNation (since 2005)

                                    European Indoor Cup (2006)

                                    Paris-Bercy Indoor Meeting (2007, 2008, 2009)

                                    European Race Walking Cup (2009)

                                    European 10,000 m Cup (2010)

                                    IAU World 24 hours Championships (2010)

                                    IAAF World Youth Championships (2011)

                                    European Indoor Championships (2011)


                                    Technical Chemist at Pasteur Institute

                                    Sports Career

                                    President of French Athletics Federation since 2001 after being Vice-President from 1997 to 2001

                                    Member of IAAF School and Youth Commission since 2007

                                    Vice-President of French National Olympic Committee from 2004-2008, then “Chef de Mission” for the 2012 Olympic Games in London

                                    President of SAOS “Meeting Areva” since 2008

                                    President of Association of Athletics Francophone Federations since 2009

                                    President of Mediterranean Athletic Union since 2011

                                    President of Athletics and Handball Clubs


                                    Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour; Knight of French Order of Merit

                                    Mayor of Val-de-Reuil City (around 15 000 inhabitants) from 1981 until 2001

                                    Vice-President of Regional Assembly of Haute-Normandie from 2001 until 2004

                                    Bernard Amsalem (Getty Images)


                                    • DATE OF BIRTH 18 November 1951
                                    • NATIONALITY FRANCEFrench
                                    • CIVIL STATUS 
                                    • LANGUAGES French, English

                                      Sylvia BARLAG

                                      Professional Career

                                      1984, PhD in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam

                                      1983–1989, Researcher at the Particle Physics Laboratory CERN in Geneva, Switzerland

                                      1989–2006, Researcher and manager of the Observations and Modelling division of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, KNMI

                                      2006-present, Manager Quality, Naval Radars, Thales, The Netherlands

                                      Sport Career

                                      Between 1975 and 1982, International top athlete and winner of 24 National Championships in various individual disciplines and Combined Events

                                      1980 Moscow Olympic Games – 10th in Pentathlon

                                      Competed in the 1978 Prague European Championships

                                      Competed in the 1977 and 1979 World Universiade Games


                                      1989-1993 Council Member of the National Sports Foundation of Netherlands

                                      2002-present, Council Member of the Dutch Athletics Federation KNAU

                                      2007-present, Council Member of European Athletics Association

                                      2011-present, IAAF Council Member

                                      Sylvia Barlag (Getty Images)


                                      • DATE OF BIRTH 4 May 1954
                                      • NATIONALITY NETHERLANDSDutch
                                      • CIVIL STATUS 
                                      • LANGUAGES Dutch, English, French, Italian

                                        Katsuyuki TANAKA


                                        Professor, Kansai−Gaidai University

                                        Positions held within the IAAF

                                        2007 –present, IAAF Council Member

                                        2007 –present, IAAF Road Running Commission Member

                                        2007 –present, IAAF Sustainable Development Commission Member

                                        Positions held within Area Association and Member Federation

                                        2009 –present, AAA Vice-President

                                        2005 –present, JAAF Executive Board Member & Special Advisor to the President

                                        2009 –present, JAAF International Committee Chairman

                                        Additional Information


                                        1965 Graduated from The Faculty of Law, Kyoto University

                                        Entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

                                        1979 Director for Environmental Affairs, Hyogo Prefecture

                                        1991 Consul General of Japan in Toronto (Canada)

                                        1993 Consul General of Japan in San Paulo (Brazil)

                                        1997 Director General for Latin America and Caribbean Affairs,

                                        Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

                                        1998 Ambassador of Japan in Mexico

                                        2001 Ambassador of Japan in Spain

                                        2004 Ambassador & Inspector General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of  Japan

                                        2005 Professor, Nihon University (~2009)

                                        2009 Professor, Kansai−Gaidai University

                                        2009 President, Association of Nikkei and Japanese abroad

                                        Sports Career

                                        1964 Participated as a player in the All Japan Universities Field

                                        Hockey Championship

                                        1984 Olympic Attaché of Japan for the Los Angeles Olympic Games

                                        Other Information

                                        Practiced various sports such as athletics, Japanese martial art (Judo, Kendo), baseball, tennis, field hockey and golf in youth

                                        Wealth of experience of international cultural and sports exchanges, having worked in the related areas in countries such as the Philippines, Canada, USA, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Spain

                                        Katsuyuki Tanaka (Getty Images)


                                        • DATE OF BIRTH 22 December 1941
                                        • NATIONALITY JAPANJapanese
                                        • CIVIL STATUS 
                                        • LANGUAGES English, Spanish, Japanese

                                          Jung-Ki PARK

                                          Positions held within the IAAF

                                          Council Member since 1991

                                          Marketing & Promotion Commission Member

                                          Sustainable Development Commission Member

                                          Chairman, Fair Play Working Group

                                          Other Positions

                                          1985-2001 Korea Olympic Committee Board Member (KOC)

                                          1985-1996 President, Korean Amateur Athletic Federation

                                          1997 Honorary President, Korea Amateur Athletic Federation

                                          1987-91, 1995-99 Vice President, Asian Amateur Athletic Association

                                          1992-95 Chairman, Korea Sports Science Institute

                                          2008-2012 Honorary President, LOC for the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011

                                          Sports Career

                                          1986 Chairman of Athletic Competition Unit, 10th Asian Games, Seoul

                                          1988 Superintendent of Athletic Competition Unit, 24th Olympic Games, Seoul

                                          Technical Delegate - Shanghai East Asian Games, 1993 - Busan East Asian Games,1997

                                          Chairman of Organizing Committee - 2nd IAAF World Marathon Cup, Seoul, 1987

                                          4th IAAF World Junior Championships, Seoul, 1992

                                          Seoul International Women’s Road Relay, Seoul, 1992-96


                                          1982-83 President, Korea Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd

                                          1983-87 President, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

                                          1988-99 Chairman & CEO, Han-Duk Life Insurance Co.

                                          1992-95 Visiting Scholar, Engineering Department, University of Tokyo

                                          1996 President, Institute of the Far East Community

                                          2001 Honorary Doctorate, Russian State University for Physical Education


                                          1990 - Plain Stories by a Grandpa

                                          1995 - Towards Neo-Politics

                                          1996 - Energy and Civilization

                                          1997 - The Art of Leadership

                                          1998 - A Far Eastern Energy Community for the 21st Century

                                          2006 - American Civil War

                                          2011 - Beyond the Limit of Human Ability – Heroic Stories from Athletics

                                          Jung-Ki Park (Getty Images)


                                          • DATE OF BIRTH 19 December
                                          • NATIONALITY KOREAKorean
                                          • CIVIL STATUS
                                          • LANGUAGES English, Korean

                                          Zhaocai DU


                                          MA in Public Administration, Illinois Institute of Technology of USA

                                          Working Experience

                                          Vice-President & Secretary General, (CAA), March 2009 - to date

                                          Member, Chinese Olympic Committee, February 2009 - to date

                                          Director General, Athletics Administration Center (GASC), January 2009 – to date

                                          Vice President, Chinese Hockey Association, March 2006-January 2009

                                          Vice President, Asian Hockey Association, December 2006 - to date

                                          Deputy Director, Liaoning Sports Bureau, March 2002- March 2006

                                          Vice-Principal & Principal, Liaoning Navigation Sports School, July 1997 – March 2002

                                          Coach, Liaoning Sports Committee, September 1986-July 1997

                                          Present Offices held

                                          Member of the IAAF Development Commission

                                          Member of the IAAF Marketing & Promotion Commission

                                          Senior Vice President,        Asian Athletics Association

                                          Director General, Athletics Administration Center, General Administration of Sport of China (GASC)

                                          Vice President & Secretary General, Chinese Athletic Association (CAA)

                                          Member of the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC)


                                          IAAF Council Member, Zhaocai Du (CHN) (IAAF)


                                          • DATE OF BIRTH 1 March 1960
                                          • NATIONALITY ChinaChina
                                          • LANGUAGES Chinese, English

                                          Irena SZEWINSKA

                                          Sports Career

                                          1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, Gold Medallist in 4x100m; Silver Medallist in 200m, Long Jump

                                          1966 Budapest European Championships, Gold Medallist in 200m, 4x100m and Long Jump, Silver Medallist in 100m

                                          1968 Mexico City Olympics, Gold Medallist in 200m and Bronze Medallist in 100m

                                          1971 Helsinki European Championships, Bronze Medallist in 200m

                                          1972 Munich Olympics, Bronze Medallist in 200m

                                          1974 Rome European Championships, Gold Medallist in 100m, 200m, Bronze Medallist in 4x100m

                                          1976 Montreal Olympics Montreal, Gold Medallist in 400m

                                          1978 Prague European Championships, Bronze Medallist in 400m and 4x400m

                                          10 times World Record Holder

                                          Positions held within the Member Federation

                                          President of the Polish Athletic Association 1997-2009

                                          Honorary Live President of the Polish Athletic Association

                                          Member of the Polish Athletic Association Board since 1981

                                          Chairperson of the Polish Athletic Association Women’s Commission 1981-1985

                                          Chairperson of the Polish Athletic Association Foreign Commission 1985-1992

                                          Vice President of the Polish Athletic Association 1988-1992

                                          Head of International Affairs of the Polish Athletic Association 1992-1996

                                          Positions held within the IAAF

                                          IAAF Council Member 2005 – 2007, 2011 – to date

                                          Member of the IAAF Women’s Committee 1984 - 2007

                                          Positions held within the Olympic Movement

                                          IOC member since 1998

                                          Member of the IOC Co-ordination Commission - “Athens 2004” 1998-2004

                                          Member of the IOC “Sport for All” Commission since 1999

                                          Member of the IOC Co-ordination Commission - “London 2012” since 2005

                                          Member of the IOC Radio and TV Commission since 2012

                                          Vice President of the Polish Olympic Committee since 1988

                                          Member of the Board since 1981

                                          Chairperson of the Women and Sport Commission 2001-2005

                                          Vice President of the Polish Olympians Association since 1994

                                          Council Member of the European Athletic Association 1995 - 2007

                                          Executive Board Member of the World Olympians Association 1995 - 2003

                                          Irena Szewinska (Getty Images)


                                          • DATE OF BIRTH 24 May 1946
                                          • NATIONALITY POLAND Polish
                                          • CIVIL STATUS 
                                          • LANGUAGES Polish, English, Russian

                                            Pauline DAVIS-THOMPSON


                                            District Marketing Manager and Coach

                                            Positions held within the IAAF

                                            IAAF Council Member since 2007

                                            IAAF Women’s Committee 2003 - 2007


                                            Graduate of the University of Alabama, NCAA champion

                                            Sports Career

                                            1983 Carifta Games – 2nd in 100m; 1st in 200m

                                            1989 NCAA Champion

                                            1990 Commonwealth Games – 3rd in 100m and 200m

                                            1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona – 2nd in 200m

                                            1995 World Championships Goteborg – 2nd in 400m

                                            1996 Olympic Games Atlanta – 2nd in 4x100m

                                            1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi – 3rd in 200m

                                            1999 World Championships Sevilla – 1st in 4x100m

                                            2000 Olympic Games Sydney – 1st in 4x100m and 200m

                                            Post-Competition Career

                                            2000 to present - coach

                                            Her protégés include Christine Amertil (BAH), a Silver Medallist in the IAAF World Championships, Monique Hennigan (USA), finalist in those same Championships.  She was also the coach for Jeneba Tarnoh, 2008 IAAF World Junior Champion on 100m.


                                            2003 - Officer of the British Empire (OBE)

                                            2001 - Order of Merit Award as a member of the Olympic and World Championships Relay Team

                                            This is the highest Bahamian Honour

                                            1998 - Silver Jubilee Award

                                            2008 NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year – University of Tennessee

                                            Pauline Davis-Thompson (Getty Images)


                                            • DATE OF BIRTH 9 July 1966
                                            • NATIONALITY BAHAMASBahamian
                                            • CIVIL STATUS 
                                            • LANGUAGES English