Kenyan steeplechaser Ezekiel Kemboi is one of the six new members of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission appointed by the IAAF Council on Thursday 26 November.Ezekiel Kemboi first struck gold at the 2004 Olympics. After three successive silver medals at the IAAF World Championships, he won his first world title in 2009.
Kemboi has since gone on to win three more world titles as well as the Olympic title in 2012.
The other five new members who have been appointed to join the IAAF Athletes’ Commission for the period 2016-2019 are Fabiana Murer (BRA), Paula Radcliffe (GBR), Alina Talay (BLR), Ashton Eaton (USA) and Michael Frater (JAM).
A new chairperson for the Athletes’ Commission will be decided by the commission when they hold their next meeting in January or February 2016.
Namibian Frank Fredericks, the out-going chairperson, will continue in an honorary capacity to assist the commission during the transition and in their general contact with the IAAF Council.
“I welcome the new members who joined the Athletes’ Commission today at a challenging time for our sport,” commented IAAF President Sebastian Coe.
“Together our task is to respond to those challenges and rebuild trust in the integrity of competition supporting the aspirations and dreams of the athletes.”
“I would like to express my great appreciation for the continued support and advice given by the commission and its chairperson Frankie Fredericks,” Coe added.
IAAF Athletes’ Commission Chairperson Frank Fredericks noted that the commission is composed of a mixture of current and recently retired international athletes from the six continental areas.
“Today’s six new members will be a huge asset adding to the wide range of experience and knowledge already in the commission,” said Fredericks.
“We are working together with Sebastian Coe, united in our resolve to clean up athletics for the sake of the vast majority of clean athletes.”
The IAAF Athletes’ Commission is made up of 18 members, 12 of whom are elected by their peers and six appointed by the IAAF.
The mandate structure of the commission is as follows:
- Six members, confirmed for a four-year mandate during the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships, whose mandate ends on 31 December 2017;
- Six members (including the Chairperson) have been appointed by the IAAF in November 2011 and nominees shall be appointed on the commission again in November 2015;
- Six members, elected during the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships, whose mandate shall end on 31 December 2015.
The existing Athletes’ Commission who these six members join:
- Valerie Adams (NZL)
- Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
- Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)
- Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR)
- Christian Olsson (SWE)
- Koji Murofushi (JPN)
- Hussain Taher Al Sabee (KSA)
- Tommi Evilä (FIN)
- Habiba Ghribi (TUN)
- Jennifer Joyce (CAN)
- Rozle Prezelj (SLO)
- Matej Toth (SVK)