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CAA’s Wang Nan becomes first Asian woman elected to IAAF Council

NAPLES, ITALY - JULY 08: Deshun Zang of China with his national flag after Women's 10.000 M Final on July 08, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Ivan Romano/Getty Images)

Chinese Athletics Association vice-director Wang Nan became the first Asian woman to be elected as a council member of the International Association of Athletic Federations yesterday.

Wang is the fourth Chinese to become a council member, following Lou Dapeng, Luo Chaoyi and Du Zhaocai. The elections were held at the 52nd IAAF Congress ahead of the World Athletics Championships in Doha, which start Friday and run until October 6.

Nan said: “I consider the successful election a recognition from the world athletics family for China.

“Moving forward, the CAA will maintain its obligations and commitments with the IAAF to work with the world athletics family, and raise the level of the sport in China.”

The other newly-elected IAAF Council members are Hiroshi Yokokawa, Antti Pihlakoski, Anna Riccardi, Nan Wang, Adille Sumariwalla, Nawal El Moutawakel, Abby Hoffman, Sylvia Barlag, Alberto Juantorena, Willie Banks, Raul Chapado, Dobromir Karamarinov and Beatrice Ayikoru.

At the same meeting, Sebastian Coe was re-elected as president of the IAAF. The 62-year-old was the only candidate for the role and will serve a second four-year term, until 2023.

Ximena Restrepo, a former Colombian 400m runner, has been voted as the first female vice-president of the IAAF. She will be joined by Sergey Bubka, a former Olympic pole vault gold medallist who unsuccessfully ran for president four years ago; Geoffrey Gardner and Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud.