Nawal El Moutawakel was re-elected Wednesday, September 25th as a board member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
At this Congress, held two days before the opening of the World Cups planned in the Qatari capital, El Moutawakil, who has served on the IAAF Council since 1995, has won 120 votes, maintaining his seat for the next four years. At the same time, she becomes the only Arab woman member of this international body.
For the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games champion, her re-election is a praise for Moroccan, Arab and African women and reflects the recognition and consideration of her efforts within the IAAF, noting that this year’s vote is historic in that it has for the first time brought a woman to the position of Vice President of the IAAF, in the person of the Colombian Ximena Restrepo after obtaining 85 votes.
The former Olympic champion confessed in this sense that the preservation of this seat was not easy but it is the result of enormous efforts and sacrifices. In this regard, she said she is proud of the confidence placed in her by Morocco and the athletics family at the global level, expressing her determination to continue her efforts with the same strength, audacity and determination to erect the world of Athletics at the top 3 most popular sports in the world and make this sport a noble and transparent discipline away from the scourge of doping.
In addition to Colombian Ximena Restrepo, Ukrainian Sergei Bubka was easily re-elected as the first vice-president of the IAAF with 139 votes out of 206 votes, followed by Saudi Prince Nawaf Bin Mohammed Al Saud (106 votes) and Geoffrey Gardner of Norfolk Islands (105 votes).
Note that Britain’s Sebastian Coe was re-elected on Wednesday to head the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) for a second four-year term.