Athletics Kenya boss Tuwei elected World Athletics vice president

Athletics Kenya boss Jackson Tuwei. [Jonah Onyango]

Athletics Kenya boss Jackson Tuwei was on Thursday elected as World Athletics vice president after garnering 104 points at vote of the World Athletics Congress in Budapest, two days ahead of the start of the World Athletics Championships in the Hungarian capital.

Tuwei, who also serves as the chairman of the Sports, Arts, and Social Development Fund was elected among others who includes former Colombian sprinter, Ximena Restrepo, who got 154 votes, retired Spanish triple jumper Raul Chapado (119), and former Indian sprinter Adille Sumariwalla (115). 

During his campaign, the AK president promised to support an increase in the number of women and minorities in leadership and technical positions in athletics and promotion of integrity by combating doping in Kenya.

Athletics Kenya boss Jackson Tuwei elected World Athletics vice president after garnering 104 points at vote of the World Athletics Congress in Budapest, two days ahead of the start of the world championships in the Hungarian capital.

Tuwei who also serves as the chairman of the Sports, Arts, and Social Development Fund was elected among others who includes former Colombian sprinter, Ximena Restrepo, who got 154 votes, retired Spanish triple jumper Raul Chapado (119), and former Indian sprinter Adille Sumariwalla (115). 

During his campaign, the AK president promised to support an increase in the number of women and minorities in leadership and technical positions in athletics and promotion of integrity by combating doping in Kenya.

Tuwei also serves as the Confederation of Africa Athletics Senior Vice President and President of the Eastern Africa Athletics Region. He is also a member of the World Athletics Global Calendar Committee as well as the chairman of the Sports, Arts, and Social Development Fund. 

Meanwhile, Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics since 2015, was re-elected as head of track and field governing body on a third and final four-year mandate.
The two-time Olympic 1500m champion for Britain in 1980 and 1984, stood unopposed in the vote of the World Athletics Congress in Budapest yesterday.

According to World Athletics rules, Coe will be unable to stand for a fourth mandate. He took over the presidency of the then-International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) former president Lamine Diack.

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