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Four Carib federations support IAAF reforms

Published:Monday | August 3, 2015 | 8:00 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):

Four Caribbean member federations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) are supporting calls for reforms to the governing body of athletics.

Member Federations from Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia and the United States Virgin Islands have submitted proposals to make changes to the constitution of the IAAF at its Congress in Beijing, China this month.

They are supporting Dr Amadeo Francis, a former president of North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association. The Puerto Rican native was also a vice-president of the IAAF.

Among the reforms proposed are changes to the constitution to include limiting future elected IAAF presidents to three consecutive terms (12 years); provide that candidates for Council must be under 70 years of age as of the year of their election and also provide for one of the four elected vice-presidents to be a female.

The member federations, who are supported by Nicaragua and Hungary, also proposed a new system for conducting the election process for members and officers of the Council and Committees.

"It was quite an effort to get the leaders of the federations that have individually submitted the proposed amendments to the Constitution to comprehend and assume a proactive position on these reform items which I hope will continue when, as sponsors of the legislation, they are perforce entitled to speak on behalf of each of their amendments," said Francis.

"These amendments are not unique; rather, they were first introduced by the International Olympic Committee in 1999 when, faced with a major crisis as to the transparency and credibility of that body, the members under the leadership of Juan Antonio Samaranch established that the tenure of newly elected members would terminate in the year in which they reached their 70th birthday, and limited the tenure of the elected president to 12 years."

He said that it's also right that the IAAF should assure that there is at least one representative of the female community in its critical day-to-day decision-making body.