Six new IAAF Athletes Commission members elected in Doha

OSTRAVA, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEPTEMBER 07: Team Europe representatives Renaud Lavillenie (L), Katerina Stefanidi (R) and Team Europe Ambassador Colin Jackson (C) high five during a press conference prior to the IAAF Continental Cup at Mestsky Stadium on September 7, 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images for IAAF)

The International Association of Athletics Federations has announced the results of its Athletes’ Commission elections, which took place in Doha during the recent World Championships.

France’s Olympic pole vault gold medalist Renaud Lavillenie heads a group of six new members elected, coming up top with 627 votes. He is joined by Valerie Adams (New Zealand, shot put), Bernard Lagat (USA, distance running), Kevin Borlee (Belgium,400m), Katerina Stefanidi (Greece, pole vault), and Aisha Praught-Leer (Jamaica, middle distance).

These newly-elected members will join the six commission members elected at London in 2017 who have two years left to serve: Inaki Gomez (Canada), Kim Collins (St Kitts and Nevis), Adam Kszczot (Poland), Thomas Rohler (Germany), Ivana Spanovic (Serbia), Benita Willis (Australia).

IAAF president Sebastian Coe said: “I would like to thank Inaki Gomez for chairing the Athletes Commission over the last two years and for his very significant contribution to the Council. In that time we have driven through a range of tough decisions that have been, in part, shaped by Inaki’s sound advice and collaborative approach.”

All athletes accredited for the World Athletes Champions in Doha were invited to vote in the elections, which took place between September 29 and October 3 in the official team hotels. Nearly two-thirds of the 1,833 athletes present in Doha cast their ballots, according to the IAAF.