Armelia Edet, 3 other Africans get IAAF recognition, and no more false starts

Armelia Edet (NGR) receives an IAAF Veteran Pin from President Lamine Diack (

NIGERIA's former track and field chief coach, Armelia Edet and two other Africans, Wilfried Daniels of SOUTH AFRICA and Bisrat Gashawtena of ETHIOPIA were honoured by the International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF) with the IAAF Veteran Pin for long and meritorious service to the cause of world athletics during the 47th edition of the IAAF Congress at the Hotel Estrel, Berlin yesterday.

Younes Chetali from TUNISIA also received the IAAF's Plaque of Merit given to six distinguished members [from each of the Area Associations] "of the global athletics family who have made enormous career long contributions to the success and the development of [the] sport"

The IAAF Congress, the highest decision making body of the association, was attended by 198 of the IAAF’s 213 National Membership Federations and a total of 371 delegates were at the meeting which was presided over by IAAF President Lamine Diack.

Some of the major decisions agreed on at the end of the congress are:

  • No False Start
  • World XC – every two years
  • IAAF Council: Minimum of six women
  • Athletes’ Commission – Six athletes elected unopposed and will be part of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission for the period 1 January 2010 until 31 December 2013.

    The 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships commence in Berlin on Saturday 15th - 23rd August , 2009. Watch out for updates and live blogs from

    IAAF Veteran Pin recipients:
    Wilfried Daniels (RSA)
    Armelia Edet (NGR)
    Bisrat Gashawtena (ETH)
    Suhail Q. Al-Zawawi (KSA)
    Alexey Kondrat (KAZ)
    Ranjit L. Weerasena (SRI)
    Fratisek Fojt (CZE)
    Philippe Lamblin (FRA)
    Fernando Mota (POR)
    Conrad Francis (GRN)
    Calvin Greenaway (ANT)
    Edwin Skinner (TRI)
    Willie Fong (SAM)
    Anthony Green (PNG)
    Titaua Juventin (PYF)
    Marcos Oviedo (VEN)
    Lionel de Mello (URU)
    Juan Rodolfo Rieder (PAR)

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