IAAF Council meets for
first time after Congress
10 August 2001 - Edmonton - Canada – The IAAF Council met this morning at the MacDonald Hotel, for the first time since the recent Congress, under the leadership of the newly elected President Lamine Diack, and with the participation of new members Gianni Gola (ITA) and Sergey Bubka (UKR). The third new member of Council, Asian AAA President Suresh Kalmadi (IND) was not present due to a pressing engagement in his native country.
Before the brief meeting, Lamine Diack presented Life Vice-President Ollan Cassell (USA) – the former long-term President of the US track and field federation with the IAAF Silver Order of Merit in recognition of his contribution to the sport.
Council considered reports from the President, General Secretary and Competitions Commission, and also evaluated an on-going process to restructure the IAAF with the aim of providing even greater efficiency.
The IAAF President also praised the Local Organizing Committee for their continuing efforts to make Edmonton 2001 a successful edition of the World Championships. “I would like to state for the record that this Organizing Committee has provided truly excellent conditions for the staging of this competition. The event has been extremely well organized,” said President Lamine Diack.
IAAF Council will meet next in Monaco on 26-27 November, starting the day after the traditional World Athletics Gala organized by the International Athletic Foundation.