IAAF CEO reflects on first sixth months

In his report to the Council meeting, IAAF CEO Olivier Gers gave an update on his first six months in office.

“The 3rd April was a great day to have an anniversary as it was a momentous day for another reason - we officially started operating the Athletics Integrity Unit,” commented Gers. 

“We have a great sport, the best sport, our athletes and what they do is compelling. We have a solid association structure to deliver our sport, we have passionate people right across the sport but we need to work with partners to create more opportunities.” 

“My first 6 months have been about strengthening our foundations - Our People, Our Processes our Partnerships and our Products.” 

People: “We needed to diversify our skills within the organisation to make sure we had the right set of skills to support the Member Federations and grow the sport.” 

Processes: “The reforms of last year have helped map out many of the integrated processes we need across the organization from vetting panels to more streamlined financial processes.” 

Partners / Partnerships: “This sport - all sport - works on a partnership level. Commercial, broadcast, area association partners, national and international partnerships are all critical to making our sport hum - to meeting our vision of being a top 4 global sport by 2020.” 

Products: “Our product offering is strong. It may need some repackaging but it is strong and we are trialing lots of new initiatives. We are looking at different sport presentation and will be having discussions on how we evolve the sport over the next few years.” 

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games 

Council discussed the Tokyo 2020 Games programme and agreed not to propose the removal of any disciplines from the current programme given athletes are a year into their training for the 2020 Games. 

The IAAF will continue to evolve the sport of athletics so it retains its position as the No. 1 sport on the Olympic Programme. 

To this effect there are discussions, initiatives, ideas and proposals that are being developed and consulted on. 

Any agreed initiatives will be introduced into the next Olympic cycle (2024 Olympic Games) after they have been widely consulted on within the sport over the coming months and years.

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