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Coe re-elected as IAAF president in Doha

IAAF President Lord Sebastian Coe speaks during the 52nd IAFF Congress at Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel prior to the 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF)

Sebastian Coe has today (Wednesday) been re-elected as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The 62-year-old was the only candidate for the role and he will now serve a second four-year term, until 2023. Coe was re-elected at the 52nd IAAF Congress in Doha, Qatar, where the IAAF World Championships get underway on Friday.

Coe took over from Lamine Diack as president of the IAAF in August 2015, when he edged out Bubka by 115 votes to 92 in the election process. He previously chaired the organising committee for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and served as chairman of the British Olympic Association.

Coe’s re-election comes after the IAAF banned Russia from competing at this year’s World Championships amid ongoing investigations into doping by the country’s athletes. It will be the second time in a row that Russia will miss the event, with the country having also been banned for the 2015 Championships in Beijing.

Elsewhere, 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.

The 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.

Organisers of Doha’s 2019 the World Athletics Championships yesterday denied reports that migrant workers would be offered free tickets to the event to overcome slow ticket sales. In a statement to SportBusiness, organisers denied that tickets would be given out free, stating that children were being offered a 20-per-cent discount on tickets to the event as part of an outreach campaign to younger fans.

SportBusiness also reported in early September that the IAAF had been forced to renegotiate sections of a controversial contract agreed by the former president with Japanese marketing agency Dentsu, described by the IAAF’s own lawyer as containing ‘unusual provisions’. Commercial contracts agreed by Lamine Diack could also come under further scrutiny in a second, ongoing French enquiry into bribes related to the awarding of the World Athletics Championships to Qatar and the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo.