Diack confirmed as IAAF president

Associated Press

DAEGU, South Korea (AP) — Senegal's Lamine Diack has been elected unopposed to a new term as president of the IAAF, the world governing body for athletics.

With 200 federations voting, the 78-year-old Diack received 173 'yes' votes and 27 "no" votes.

The IAAF later annulled a vote for the vice presidency panel because of a technical problem with the electronic voting system, and scheduled a re-vote for later Wednesday.

In the initial poll, Ukraine's former pole vaulting great Sergey Bubka was voted off the panel, with Qatar's Dahlan Al-Hamad, Britain's Sebastian Coe, Canada's Abby Hoffman and Robert Hersh of the United States going through.

Diack said that the impact of the global financial crisis on the sport and increasing competition from sports like football are among the major challenges ahead.

Diack told the sport's congress ahead of Saturday's opening of the world championships that "the challenges are tough."

View Comments (0)