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Indian Officials at IAAF Congress


The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) President, Adille Sumariwalla along with AFI Secretary General C.K. Valson and Dr. Lalit K. Bhanot, Chairman Planning Commission, AFI and Vice-President Asian Athletics Association (AAA), attended the IAAF Congress in Monaco last week.

The AFI Federation chief Sumariwala said on his return from the Congress that the focus of the Congress was on fighting the menace of doping in the sport and we are confident that new measures adopted by IAAF to fight doping will fetch us great results.

Meanwhile, the IAAF Special Congress delivered a 95% vote in favour of a resolution for constitutional reform which will be delivered in two stages, 1 January 2017 and 1 January 2019, issuing in a new era of transparent and accountable sports administration.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe had urged the 197 national member federations who were represented in the Congress room to back the governance structure reforms which were the basis for the constitutional reform.

“We must protect our sport,” said Coe. “We must put in place the structures that will keep our sport and athletes safe on and off the field of play, in and out of the stadium. It is bad enough that any of this happened once BUT it cannot happen a second time. Not on our watch and not on anyone else’s watch. We have to step up and ensure the walls are never too high again and that checks and balances are in place and working.”

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