16 NOV 1999 General News

Lamine Diack to chair IAAF Council on Thursday and Friday

Lamine Diack to chair IAAF Council on Thursday and Friday - Great Athletes of Past and Present arrive for World Athletics Gala to honour President Nebiolo

16 November 1999 - Monte Carlo – The IAAF Council will meet on November 18-19, on the eve of the World Athletics Gala 99 promoted by the International Athletic Foundation.

Following the death of President Primo Nebiolo on November 7, the IAAF Council will be chaired, as established in the IAAF Constitution, by the federation's Senior Vice President, Lamine Diack, who is currently serving as Interim President. Naturally, the Council's first priority will be to discuss the new situation, but the 26 members will also hear reports from the IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai and the Honorary Treasurer Robert Stinson, who will present the 2000 Budget for approval.

Council will decide the venues of the 2000 IAAF Grand Prix Final and the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships. Reports will be received from the Women's Committee, the Anti-doping Commission and various Organising Committees of IAAF World Athletic Series Events.

On Saturday November 20, the Executive Committee and Council of the International Athletic Foundation led by Honorary President HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, will meet and elect the Athletes of the Century as well as the Athlete of the Year (Men and Women). The proclamation of the winners of these two prestigious awards will take place on the evening of Sunday, November 21 during the World Athletic Gala 99 (supported by Compagnie Monégasque de Banque and Mondo s.p.a.)

Respecting the wishes of the late-President, this Gala will celebrate a whole century of athletic excellence as well as honour the achievements of the best performers of 1999. The Foundation, on the request of Mrs Giovanna Nebiolo, decided not to cancel the Gala but to use the occasion to celebrate the life and work of Primo Nebiolo, and particularly his efforts to promote the worldwide development of athletics. Over the next few days, the most famous athletes of the past and present arrive in Monte Carlo from every corner of the globe to pay their respects to a great President, and to remind us all of the exceptional progress made by our sport during the 20th century.