Bubka launches IAAF presidential bid
They've won Olympic gold medals, set multiple world records and collected world titles. Now, two track-and-field greats will compete against each other for the top job in the sport.
Former pole vault star Sergei Bubka of Ukraine declared his bid yesterday for the presidency of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in a high-profile race against Sebastian Coe of Britain, the former middle-distance champion who announced his candidacy in November.
"I am seeking the IAAF presidency to give something back to the world of athletics which has given so many opportunities to me throughout my life," Bubka said, confirming what had been widely expected for months.
Bubka and Coe are campaigning to succeed Senegal's Lamine Diack, who steps down this year after serving as president since 1999. The election will be on August 18 at the IAAF congress in Beijing on the eve of the World Championships.
The campaign comes against a backdrop of drug scandals casting a shadow over the sport, including allegations of organised doping in Russia and cheating among Kenya's acclaimed distance and marathon runners.
"I wish to build upon the progress achieved by the IAAF under (Diack's) leadership to ensure that the sport and its governing body are world-class and an example to others with regard to governance, transparency and ethics," Bubka said in a statement.