20 JUL 1998 General News

Asia backs Nebiolo for 1999 IAAF Presidential Elections

Asia backs Nebiolo for ‘99 IAAF Presidentials, Jakarta to host 2000 Asian Championships

Monaco -20 July 1998 - The Congress of the Asian Amateur Athletic Association took place in Fukuoka on Saturday, 18 July, in conjunction with the 12th Asian Athletics Championships.

IAAF President, Dr Primo Nebiolo, participated - as an ex-officio member - in the Council and Congress meetings and attended the first day of the Championships, which were opened by the mayor of Fukuoka, with the participation of more than 500 athletes, representing 38 countries.

In speeches to Council and the Congress delegates, Dr Nebiolo underlined the fact that his presence was a sign of recognition of the importance attached by the world athletics movement to the work of the Asian Association, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The Congress took the important decision to confirm the choice of Jakarta as the site of the Asian Championships of the year 2000. Should any difficulties arise, Sri Lanka and Malaysia were named as alternative hosts.

Following a motion presented by the first vice-president of the Asian Association, Sheikh Khalid bin Thani Al Thani, the Council and the Congress voted unanimously to propose as their candidate to the elections for the Presidency of the IAAF, the current President, Dr Primo Nebiolo. Congress further engaged all its members to present and support the candidacy of Dr Nebiolo at the Presidential elections which will be held at the IAAF Congress in Seville in August 1999.

Finally, it was decided to accept the candidacy of the Iranian capital Teheran, as host of next year’s Asiatic cross country championships.