Hansen re-elected as European Athletics president

Svein Arne Hansen has been re-elected as president of European Athletics, with the governing body appointing only the second female vice-president in its 49-year history.

Hansen was re-elected for a second term in office, from 2019 to 2023, after running unopposed at the 26th European Athletics Congress in Prague on Saturday.

The Norwegian official was first elected president in April 2015 after seeing off rival claims from France’s Jean Gracia and Antti Pihlakoski of Finland. Hansen succeeded Hansjorg Wirz at the helm of the organisation.

The three vice-presidents elected on Saturday were Cherry Alexander (Great Britain), Dobromir Karamarinov (Bulgaria) and Libor Varhanik (Czech Republic).

To ensure a gender balance, for the first time ever there was a requirement of at least one man and woman to be elected as a vice-president.

Alexander, major events director of UK Athletics, becomes the second woman to occupy the position after Austria’s Erika Strasser, who was vice-president between 1991 and 1995.