Today’s Frequently Asked Questions

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In our continued effort to be as transparent as possible and to ensure that the public have the same access to the information that the IAAF provides the media, we now share the last set of frequently asked questions and our answers.

QUESTION: What action has the IAAF taken concerning a Kenyan police investigation into the conduct of officials from Athletics Kenya, in particular the African Area Association representative on the IAAF Council David Okeyo?

ANSWER: The IAAF was not aware of the investigation into Mr Okeyo in Kenya and the information has immediately been passed on to the independent IAAF Ethics Commission. 

QU: What checks does the IAAF operate with respect to the officials who are appointed or elected to hold IAAF offices?

AN: As part of the root and branch governance reform project that Sebastian Coe has announced, there will be new processes introduced to ensure all persons appointed to IAAF Commissions and advisory groups in the future have been duly vetted and declared as ‘fit and proper persons’ to hold office. Over 200 people were due to be appointed to new Commissions and advisory groups at the Council meeting at the end of this month but their appointment will now be delayed until the new procedures are in place.

QU: Given recent comments by a member of WADA’s independent Commission is it possible that the IAAF and Athletics could be banned from the Rio Olympic Games?

AN: Our job right now is to focus on the work that needs to be done to make ARAF compliant with the IAAF and, together with WADA, compliant for re-entry into international competition.  We will continue to work alongside WADA with whom we developed the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) to review its processes and, if any failings are found, redress them and we have already begun a root and branch reform programme within the IAAF.


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