POSTED: August 24th 2011

DAEGU: Vice-president election re-run as Bubka and Coe regain places

(L to R) Seb Coe and Sergey Bubka reaffirmed as IAAF vice-presidents / IOC images
(L to R) Seb Coe and Sergey Bubka reaffirmed as IAAF vice-presidents / IOC images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

SEOUL/DAEGU: Today’s elections for IAAF vice-presidents ran into controversy as a second round manual re-vote was required after the first round electronic technical glitch.

Running in the campaign were five candidates for four positions London 2012 chief Seb Coe, Sergey Bubka from Ukraine, Dahlan Jumman Al Hamad from Qatar, Bob Hersh the American representative and Abby Hoffman from Canada.

The votes seemed to have been off in the electronic vote when Bubka, who was serving as senior vice-president, only received 119 of the 199 potential votes prompting questions about the validity of the voting process.

Lamine Diack was re-elected president of IAAF with 169 for and 29 opposed taking the majority by a long shot and not needing a re-vote.  

Seb Coe and Sergey Bubka are both seen as likely candidates to run for the post of president when Lamine Diack steps down in four years time in 2015. It will now be interesting to see who Diack nominates as senior vice-president from the manual vote.

Coe is well known in athletics for his 1500 meters gold medal double win in ’80 at the Moscow Games and also Los Angeles ’84 and is currently in charge of the London 2012 Olympics. Bubka has a gold medal from ’88 at the Seoul Olympics and has a ten year history of dominating pole vaulting where he broke many of his own records.

Both men are likely to run loggerheads for the presidency vote in 2015 to run world athletics.

Keywords · IAAF · Lamine Diack · Seb Coe · Sergey Bubka

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