The Council administers the affairs of the IAAF, appoints the general secretary and all delegates to IAAF competitions, including the World Athletics Series.

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.

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.

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

    Svein Arne HANSEN

    Hansen, born on 6 May 1946, is a stamp dealer by profession and the owner of S.A. Hansen SA. His Sports Administration career began as a Member of the Norwegian Athletics Federation Junior Committee between 1968 and 1972.

    He was Assistant Meeting Director of the Bislett Games from 1973 to 1984 before serving as Meeting Director of the legendary one-day meeting for 24 years. In that time the Bislett Games was part of the IAAF Grand Prix, Golden Four, Golden League and now Diamond League.

    Hansen was a member of the IAAF Grand Prix Commission from 1985 to 1998 and a Member of the IAAF Golden League working group from 1997 to 2009.

    He also served as President of Euro-Meetings from 1998 to 2006.

    Hansen was Vice President of the Norwegian Athletics Federation from 2001 to 2003 and President of the Federation from 2003 to 2015.

    He previously served as Vice President of European Athletics from 2007 to 2011 as part of the Executive Board, being Chairman of the European Athletics Development Committee during that period.

    IAAF Council Member Svein Arne Hansen (Getty Images)

    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 

        Nawaf Bin Mohammed AL SAUD


        Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, 1979 Chapman College, Orange County, California, USA

        Professional experience

        • Honorary President of the Arab Amateur Athletics Federation, since 1993

        • IAAF Ex-Member of the ‘Marketing & Promotion Commission’ (2009 – 2011)

        • Holder of ‘I.O.C trophy for sports Excellence’ presented by the President of Saudi Arabia

        • Olympic Committee, HRH Prince Sultan Bin Fahad Bin AbdulAziz being the Sport Leading Personality in Saudi Arabia for 2003

        Positions held in Area Assocation

        • Chairman of the Development Commission of the Asian Athletics Association in 2000

        Positions held in the Olympic movement (other)

        • Member of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (1992-2008)

        • Led the Saudi Arabian Olympic Delegation to the 12th Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan and to the Olympic Games in China, as well as to some major Sport events

        • Was the Head of Delegation of Saudi Arabia to the Pan Arab Games held in Algeria in 2004 & to the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, 2006

        • Council Member of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee (1992-2008)

        Active sports career

        • Council Member of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (1992-2000)

        • Chairman of the Technical Committee at the Saudi Arabian Athletics Federation (1992-2000)

        Social activities

        • A businessman who founded many companies to contribute to the development and economic prosperity of Saudi Arabia

        • Selected by the 'British Union of Media Marketing Limited' as the Best Personality in sport in 1994

        • Selected by the Egyptian wide spread newspaper Al-Ihram Corp. as the Best Personality in Sport in 1996

        • Selected again by the Al-Ihram Al-Arabian Corp, as the Best Union President of Individual Game in 2001-2002

        • Selected by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee as the Best of sport Union President of Individual Game in 2002

        • Played a key role in the march towards initiating the concept of Grand Prix meetings and sponsorship initiative in Saudi Arabia

        • Successfully lobbied the adoption of "Development" as an objective goal of the Saudi Arabian Athletics Federation, and have pushed very hard the creation of the National Coaches Training System in Saudi Arabia

        • Initiated a special program to support and encourage the outstanding & talented Saudi athletes. Results were very encouraging

        IAAF Council Member Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud (AFP / Getty Images)



        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
        • 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

              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 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  

                David S OKEYO, MBS, HSC

                Academic qualifications

                Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (O Level)

                Professional qualifications

                • Higher national diploma in management and administration

                • Diploma in public relations

                • IAAF diploma in sports administration

                • IAAF diploma in coaching

                Work experience

                • 1987 Athletics team manager for IAAF World Championships – Rome, Italy

                • 1992 Member of African team for the IAAF World Cup – Havana, Cuba

                • 1998 Member African team for the IAAF World Cup – Johannesburg, South Africa
                Technical official of the XVI Commonwealth Games – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

                • 1999 General team manager – All Africa Games – Johannesburg, South Africa

                • 2000 Deputy chef de mission – Olympic Games – Sydney, Australia.

                • 2002 Deputy chef de mission – XVII Commonwealth Games – Manchester, UK

                • 2003 Deputy chef de mission – All Africa Games – Abuja, Nigeria
                Member of the African team – Afro/Asian Games – Hyderabad, India

                • 2004 Deputy chef de mission – Olympic Games – Athens, Greece

                • 2006 Chef de mission – XVIII Commonwealth Games – Melbourne, Australia
                Member of the African team for the IAAF World Cup – Athens, Greece

                • 2008 Chef de mission – Olympic Games – Beijing, China

                • 2010 CEO – African Championships – Nairobi, Kenya
                Member of the African team for the IAAF Continental Cup – Split, Croatia

                • 2014 Deputy chef de mission – African team for the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech
                Officiating member, jury of appeal in various regional, international championships and Games

                Sports career

                Former athlete in sprints: long jump and triple jump; Head coach, Kenya Railways – 1978 - 1986; Public relations officer Athletics Kenya (former KAAA ) 1986 – 1987; Secretary general – Athletics Kenya – 1988 to May, 2013; Vice President – Athletics Kenya – 2013 to date; Vice President – CAA – 2007 to date; Secretary General – Eastern Region – 1999 - 2003; Individual Council Member CAA– 1995 to April, 2007; IAAF Cross Country (and Road Running) Committee Member – 1991 to 2011; Kenya National Sports Council Member – 1995 to April 2010; Member of the National Olympic Committee of Kenya; Senior Vice President – Eastern African Region – 2007 to April 2011; Chairman –IAAF Cross Country Committee – 2011 to date; Technical Delegate-IAAF Cross Country Championships 2017, Kampala; Director, Technical & Competitions-IAAF World Youth Championships 2017, Nairobi, KEN; Team Member of “Out of Stadium Endurance“ of IAAF WAS Renovation Workshop-2015 to date


                The President of the Republic of Kenya awarded me the Head of State Commendation (HSC) and Moran of The Burning Spear (MBS) in recognition of the service rendered in the development of sports especially athletics in the Republic of Kenya


                Reading management books and articles, listening to music, working out, watching sports on television

                IAAF Council member David Okeyo (Getty Images)

                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

                  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

                    Mikhail BUTOV


                    • Doctor of Ph. in economics (applied mathematics in economics), Moscow State University of Economics and Statistics (1989)

                    • Marketing & Management, ELEA Olivetti center, Italy business school (1994)

                    • Sports Management, Events Organisation (Moscow University “Synergy”)

                    Professional experience

                    • Marketing Director of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (2004-2008)

                    • Executive Director of the Athletics Development Fund (2001-2004)

                    • Founder and Chief of Athletics Project for Children “New Russian Winter Stars”

                    • Leader of the project “Youth Spikes”, Organiser of many Kids Athletics competitions in Russia and Local Athletics Heroes Master-classes

                    • IAAF Lecturer at the IAAF Regional Development Center in Moscow

                    • Magazine Chief Editor ‘The World of professional sports’ (2001-2004) & ‘SPIKES Russia’ (2012-2013)

                    • Member of the Editor Council of Russian “Athletics” Magazine (since 2008)

                    • The Founder of the Event Presentation Team (EPT) in Russian Athletics (since 2004), created international (Russia-Germany-Great Britain-USA-FRA) EPT for IAAF WCH2013 in Moscow

                    • The Founder (2002) and Chief Editor (since 2002) of the website

                    • General Secretary of the Bidding Committee and then General Coordinator and Competitions Director of the IAAF World Championships 2013 in Moscow

                    • International and National Athletics Meetings Organiser and Director: IAAF Indoor “Russian Winter” (since 2001); IAAF and EA Permit “Znamensky Memorial” (2002-2011); IAAF Challenge “Moscow Challenge”(since 2011)

                    • CEO of the Bidding Committees and LOCs: IAAF World Indoor Championships (2006, Moscow); IAAF World Race Walking Cups (2008 & 2012, Cheboksary, Saransk); European Indoor Cup (2008, Moscow); European Youth Olympic Games Trials (2010, Moscow); European Athletics Team Championships (2015, Cheboksary); IAAF World Team Race Walking Championships (2016 & 2018)

                    • LOC Member of the IAAF World Junior Championships (2016, Kazan)

                    • Member of the EA Technical Delegates (TD) Panel (since 2013), TD at many EA Events

                    • Member of Professional Association of IAAF/EA Meetings Organisers “Euromeetings”

                    Position held in Area Association

                    • European Athletics Strategic Communications Commission (since 2015)

                    • European Athletics Competitions Commission Member (2011-2015)

                    Position held in the Olympic movement

                    • Expert of Russian International Olympic University

                    Additional information

                    • Experience of five years Marketing Director of the Russian FMCG Distributing Company (contacts with Global American, Japanese, Great Britain, German FMCG Companies)

                    • Professor assistant, lecturer, deputy of the vice-rector in international relations, chief of the int Moscow University of Economics and Statistics (1983-1994)

                    • Lecturer of Sports Marketing and Event Organisation at the Moscow University “Synergy”

                    IAAF Council Member Mikhail Butov ()


                    • DATE OF BIRTH 12 March 1961
                    • NATIONALITY RussiaRussian
                    • CIVIL STATUS
                    • LANGUAGES Russian, English, German

                    Sergey BUBKA


                    IAAF Senior 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

                    Former pole vault world record-holder

                    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

                              Stephanie HIGHTOWER


                              Bachelor’s degree, Communications, The Ohio State University

                              Professional experience

                              • President and CEO, The Columbus Urban League, 2011-Present

                              • Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the Columbus College of Art & Design 2004-2011

                              • President, Columbus (Ohio) School Board, 2001-2005 (Elected office)

                              • Special Assistant to the Mayor, Columbus, Ohio, 1995-1999

                              • Communications / Press Secretary, Columbus (Ohio) Mayor’s Office, 1992-94

                              • Director of Communications, Ohio Dept. of Mental Health, 1989-1992

                              Positions held in Area Association

                              USATF President, 2008-Present; Chairman of the Board, 2008-2015

                              USATF's Women’s Track & Field Committee (Chair) and Athletes Advisory Committee (Secretary)

                              Positions held in the Olympic movement (other)

                              USOC Athletes Representative, International Competitions Committee, Diversity Committee Chair, Women’s Team Manager, 2004 Olympic Games and 1999 IAAF World Championships; Assistant Team Manager, 1996 Olympic Games; Team Leader, 2005 IAAF World Youth Championships; Chef de Mission, 2003 IAAF World Outdoor Championships

                              Active sports career

                              • 1980 Olympian, 100m hurdles, and member of 12 International teams

                              • Four-time USA champion; Four-time NCAA champion; 15-time Big 10 champion

                              • American record, 100m hurdles; world record, 60 yard hurdles (1980 Millrose Games)

                              Social activities

                              The Columbus Zoo, Columbus School for Girls, Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus Museum of Art, Buckeye Ranch, Columbus AIDS Task Force, Dresden Sister City, African American Leadership Academy, Columbus Inner City Games, Columbus Foundation’s Neighborhood Partnership program,  Eldon Ward YMCA, Junior Achievement of Central Ohio and Action for Children

                              IAAF Council Member Stephanie Hightower ()

                              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

                                Antti PIHLAKOSKI


                                Master of Science (Engineering – Industrial Economics), MBA Studies

                                Professional experience

                                Started in Industrial Business and was Factory Director in the biggest Window Factory of Finland

                                Most of his professional life active in sports: first as a Marketing Director and then General Secretary of the Finnish Athletics Federation and Finland-Sweden Match in Athletics (60 000 spectators), Chief Executive Officer of the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki 2005

                                Acts nowadays as a Chairman and Board Professional in Young Innovative Companies helping in Governance, Leadership, Business Strategy, Sales and Venture Capital – and is active in voluntary Sports Leadership

                                Positions held in his Area Federation

                                President of the Finnish Athletics Federation

                                President of the Organizing Committee of the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki 2012

                                President of the Marketing and Event Company Track&Field Finland Ltd

                                Council Member of the European Athletics

                                Positions held in the Olympic Movement (other)

                                Vice-President, Executive Board Member of the Finnish Olympic Committee

                                Chairman of the Steering Group of the Project of Change in the Finnish Top Sports

                                Member of the IAAF Marketing and Promotion and Sustainable Development Commissions

                                Active Sports Career

                                3 times National Champion, 4 times in the National Team, 34 years as a Finnish Youth record holder in 800m

                                Social Activities

                                Values Charity Work

                                Cooperates with Crisis Management Initiative – a NGO of Mr Martti Ahtisaari, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner and a Former President of the State of Finland

                                Creator and Author of the IAAF Athletics for a Better World program

                                President of the Organizing Committee of the fastest growing Corporate and Charity Run in Finland

                                IAAF Council Member Antti Pihlakoski (Getty Images)

                                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

                                Karim IBRAHIM

                                Adille J. SUMARIWALLA


                                - Bachelors Degree: University of Bombay (Financial Accounting and Auditing)

                                - Masters Degree: University of Bombay (Management)

                                - Executive MBA: Asian Institute of Management (Manila, Philippines) Topped the Dean's list with distinction

                                - Continued Education: Harvard Business School (Building a Global Enterprise in India - India Research Centre)

                                Professional experience

                                - Founder & Managing Director of Interspace Communications - A media company in the area of out-of-home advertising, retail, design, digital, on-screen advertising, etc.

                                - Independent Director: Radio One Limited, Next Mediaworks Limited, SE Transstadia Limited

                                - Former CEO: Clear Channel in India, Asian Age Newspaper

                                - Founding Director: Indian Outdoor Advertising Association

                                Positions held - NSF

                                - President: Athletics Federation of India since 2012
                                Working President: 2008-2012

                                - Selection Committee: Member 2000-2012 & Chairman for Juniors

                                - Secretary: Athletes Welfare Association of India, 1980-1987

                                Positions held - NOC

                                - Member: National Olympic Committee

                                - Chef-de-Mission: Leader of the Indian Contingent, Asian Games, Incheon, 2014

                                - Member: Governing Council, National Dope Testing Laboratory (Government of India)

                                - Chairman: Maharashtra State Sports Policy Committee (outdoor sports)

                                - Member: Core Committee to Develop a Curriculum for Postgraduates/Masters Diploma Program in Sports Management

                                - Member: Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games, Delhi, 2010

                                - Member: Organising Committee, Commonwealth Youth Games, Pune, 2008

                                - President: Organising Committee, Asian Athletics Championships, Pune, 2013

                                - Member: Organising Committee, IAAF Permit Meets held in India

                                Active sports career

                                - Olympic Games:Represented India at the Moscow Olympics, 1980

                                - Asian Championships: Won a medal for India, Tokyo, 1979

                                - South Asian Games: Won a gold medal for India, Kathmandu, 1984

                                - International level: Represented India at various international games including Asian Games, Asian track and field meets, World University Games, South Asian Federation Games. Won 17 medals for India

                                - National Level: 22 times national gold medallist

                                - 11 times national champion for 100m

                                - Held interstate national record for 100m for 18 years

                                Social activities

                                - Member: Terry Fox Run Committee, India, for the past seven years. In 2015 raised over US$700,000 for Cancer research in children


                                - President of India Award: Arjuna Award for Excellence in Athletics, 1985, highest award for sports in India

                                - President Of India Award: For Scouting, 1972

                                - Governors Award: Shiv Chhatrapati Award for Excellence in Sports, by Government of Maharashtra, 1980. Dadaji Kondev Award for Excellence in Coaching, by Government of Maharashtra, 1999


                                To enable athletics to grow and to make a significant difference to athletes across the world through resources and equal opportunity, thereby achieving global development for the athletics fraternity

                                IAAF Council Member Adille J Sumariwalla (Getty Images)

                                Hiroshi YOKOKAWA

                                Positions held in national federation (JAAF)

                                • 2007 President, Osaka Athletics Association (up to 2012)

                                • 2008 President, Kansai (Greater Osaka) Area Athletics Association (up to 2011)

                                • 2009 Vice President, Japan Association of Athletics Federations (up to 2013)

                                • 2013 President, Japan Association of Athletics Federations (up to date)

                                Positions held in national sports organisations

                                • 2012 Board of Directors Member, Japan Sports Association

                                • 2013 Expert Committee Member on the New National Stadium Construction, Japan Sports Council

                                • 2014 Executive Board Member, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games


                                • 1970 BA in Law, University of Tokyo

                                • 1978-79 Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Center for Asian Studies

                                • 1980-81 Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Center for International Affairs

                                Professional experience

                                • 1970 Entered the Ministry of International Trade & Industry

                                • 1987 Deputy Consul General of Japan in New York (USA)

                                • 1991 Superintendent, Aomori Prefectural Police

                                • 1995 Deputy Director-General, Industrial Policy Bureau of Ministry of International Trade & Industry

                                • 1998 Director-General, International Trade Policy Bureau of Ministry of International Trade & Industry

                                • 1999 Director-General, Consumer Goods & Service Industries Bureau of Ministry of International Trade & Industry

                                • 2000 Executive Vice President, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

                                • 2003 Managing Director, 2005 Senior Managing Director, Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.

                                • 2008 Executive Vice President, Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.

                                • 2011 President, The Japan Commercial Arbitration Association

                                • 2014 Chairman, Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles

                                • 2015 Chairman, Japan Materials Technology Center

                                Sports career

                                Special Advisor, Osaka Gas Athletics Team; Member, Organising Committee of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Osaka 2007; President, Organising Committee of the Tokyo Marathon; President, Organising Committee of the IAAF Challenge Meeting in Japan “Golden Grand Prix”; President, Organising Committee of the IAAF Label Marathon Races held in Japan such as the Fukuoka International, the Lake Biwa, the Nagoya Women’s, the Osaka Women’s and the Saitama International; President, Organising Committee of the 12th Asian Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka; President, Organising Committee of the Asian Championships 20km Race Walking in Nomi

                                IAAF Council Member Hiroshi Yokokawa ()

                                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