Coe Unveils New Look Of IAAF Advisory Bodies
President of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Sebastian Coe, on Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland announced new advisory structures.
In a keynote speech delivered to the European Athletics (EA) Convention, Coe said they were designed to assist the delivery of a fundamental programme of change to the sports global administration.
He said there would be 10 Commissions and 10 Special Advisory Groups, each with 10 members, who, mostly via video and teleconferencing, would aim to convene 10 times each year.
“Central to the process of reviewing and building new structures, I am today announcing widespread changes to the composition and function of IAAF Commissions.
“This will however be for the approval of the IAAF Council in November,’’ Coe said.
He was joined by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, EA President Svein Hansen and European Olympic Commission (EOC) President Patrick Hickey.
“These changes are designed to broaden the experience and ability available to our sport and make IAAF’s advisory bodies more efficient, more focused and more representative.
“They will be smaller groups with increased representation of women, younger age groups, coaches and former athletes and experts from outside athletics.
“These advisory bodies will make better use of technology to increase the level of dialogue between these advisors and the IAAF beyond the regular face-to-face meetings,’’ Coe added.
He also said the athletics sport’s world governing body was reviewing the IAAF Commissions to ensure the IAAF Council gets the best possible advice and support moving forwards.
“Among the changes, four entirely new commissions are being created, namely Values, International Relations, Audit and Youth Engagement Commissions,’’ the IAAF president said.
Expatiating on the overall changes, Coe said there would be 10 Commissions, each with a maximum of 10 members, except the Athletes Commission which, being partially elected, is a special case:
All the IAAF commissions now include (as follows): Athletes, Audit (incorporating the former IAAF Finance and Budget Commission), Coaches, Competition and Development.
The rest are International Relations, Legal, Medical and Anti-doping, Values (incorporating former School and Youth) and Youth Engagement.
“In addition, there will be two other special commissions: the existing Masters and Ethics Commissions, which are to be considered special cases as independent bodies.
“The Ethics Commission will be renamed the ‘IAAF Independent Ethics Board’ to ensure distinction between it and other IAAF Commissions,’’ Coe said.
He also announced the creation of a number of IAAF Special Advisory Groups to help address specific areas of importance to the IAAF’s administration and development of the sport.
“With these groups I’m looking for speed of decision, focusing on trends and innovation, open minded, fast, flexible and with realistic ambition.
“What I’m hoping for across the Special Advisory Groups are 10 sustainable achievements each year.”
Coe said these are in the areas such as Commercial and Marketing, Competition Calendar, Conflict Resolution, One-Day Meetings,
Press and Media Operations, Road Running and Strategic Communications.
The rest are Sustainable Development, Television and Digital, and World Athletics Series Renovation
“The IAAF will also continue with two steering boards covering commercial issues (with DENTSU and Eurovision respectively), composed of representatives of IAAF and the relevant organisations.
“During my official visit to the Balkans Athletics Congress, I named the chairman and some members of the One-Day Meetings group.
“The composition of the remaining 10 Special Advisory Groups will be announced by the time of the Council meeting in November.
“The re-organisation of the Commissions and specialist areas covered by the Special Advisory Groups should leave no one in any doubt about my priorities as president.
“Only if we successfully engage in this re-organisation will we be able to offer the best possible advice to IAAF Council.
“Thereby, we can build a robust, innovative and transparent organisation which is fit to deliver with its member-federations a modern, athlete-focused sport that is attractive and exciting to a young audience,” the IAAF president said