Hersh elected as IAAF VP; several Americans elected to positions


Jill Geer
Director of Communications
USA Track & Field

OSAKA, Japan- Bob Hersh, an IAAF Council member for the U.S. since 1999, has been elected as one of four IAAF Vice Presidents Wednesday at the first session of the 46th IAAF Congress.

The IAAF, under the leadership of its President Lamine Diack (SEN) who heads the 28 member Council, is the highest authority for athletics in the world. Today, the IAAF has 212 affiliated National Member Federations who gather once every two years for a Congress, which is the IAAF's ultimate decision making body.

Hersh had the second-most votes among all vice presidential candidates with 141, behind only World record-holder and six-time World champion in the men's pole vault, Segey Bubka (UKR), who had 167 votes. Also elected as Vice Presidents were London 2012 Chairman and four-time Olympic medalist Sebastian Coe (GBR) and Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of Qatar Athletics Association.

Hersh served as a member of the Technical Committee from 1984 until 1999, when he was elected to the Council. Since then, he has been a valued contributor, not only to the Council, but to the workings of three of its Commissions, the Doping Review Board and the Anti-Doping Task Force. Over the years, he has been appointed by the IAAF as a Technical Delegate, Jury of Appeal Member, ITO, Course Lecturer and English announcer as the IAAF's most important events including the Olympics and World Championships.

Also during the elections, David Katz was re-elected to the Technical Committee. Katz has served as Technical Director, meet director, athlete, surveyor and coach over the last 30 years. He works closely with the IAAF administration and membership, reaching out to athletes and experts in rules, meet management, coaching and facilities to offer their knowledge and opinions for the Committee's consideration.

Robert Bowman was re-elected to the Race Walking Committee of which he has been a member since 1981. Bowman has a deep background in race walking that includes being an athlete, competing in three Olympic Trials; and as a judge, he was the Chief Judge for the 1992 Olympic Games and the 1987-91 World Championships.

Long-time USATF Official Rex Harvey was elected to the Masters' Committee. Since its inception in the mid 70's, Harvey has been active in Masters Athletics working primarily in the technical areas. He is currently the WMA Vice President-Stadia, an elected position that is the Technical Delegate responsible for all technical aspects of the upcoming WMA Championships in Italy and Finland.

For complete election results from the 46th IAAF Congress, visit www.iaaf.org.