Sweeping reforms at the International Association of Athletics Federations were overwhelmingly endorsed at the governing body’s special Congress on Saturday.
The ‘Time for Change’ proposals were the heart of IAAF president Sebastian Coe’s strategic drive to drag the governing body out of a reputation of scandal.
Under the changes, new independent anti-doping, integrity and disciplinary functions have been established. Athletes will also be given a greater voice, with increased gender balance in decision-making processes, while the IAAF Executive Board will assume greater governance.
At the Congress, members voted by 182 to 10 to approve the package of proposals, which will be introduced between 2017 and 2019. Next year the integrity unit and a disciplinary panel will be launched.