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First woman elected IAAF vice-president, record number in council

Colombia's Ximena Restrepo (right) on Wednesday became the first woman to be elected vice-president of the ruling athletics body IAAF. Photo: @iaaforg via Twitter

Colombia's Ximena Restrepo (right) on Wednesday became the first woman to be elected vice-president of the ruling athletics body IAAF. Photo: @iaaforg via Twitter

Published Sep 25, 2019

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DOHA – Colombia's Ximena Restrepo on Wednesday became the first

woman to be elected vice-president of the ruling athletics body IAAF.

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In addition, six other woman were elected as ordinary members into

the powerful IAAF council for the biggest female representation the

federation has ever seen at the top with now eight members.

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The IAAF has gender equality on the field of play and aims to achieve

the same by 2027 within the organization.

The eight women on the 27-strong council are two more than a

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mandatory six under new regulations.

The elected ordinary members are Anna Riccardi of France, Morocco's

Nawal el Moutawakel, Dutch Sylvia Barlag, Beatrice Ayikoru of Uganda,

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Abby Hoffman of Canada and Wang Nan of China.

The eighth woman will be a yet to be named athletes' representative,

and the number could even grow to nine if Oceania sends a woman as

area representative to replace Geoffrey Gardner who was elected

vice-president.

Restrepo, who won a first ever Olympic athletics medal for Colombia

with a 400 metres bronze in 1992, praised freshly re-elected IAAF

president Sebastian Coe for his role on the road to equality.

"I am really honoured. I am here because of you and the changes made.

Women have more opportunities now. I hope I can do a good job," she

said.

Coe himself highlighted the road to 2027 and said "it is important

that sport looks like the world."

dpa

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