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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
BNAA's VP Black Attends NACAC/IAAF Meeting

NACAC Council Members with IAAF President Sebastian Coe and the NACAC Family including Bermuda’s National Athletic Association’s Vice President Mia Black met in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for the IAAF One Day Road Show meeting.

The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) have begun a series of consultations with the presidents of the 214 national federations affiliated to that organization.

The first meeting of a world tour undertaken in Santo Domingo by the president of the IAAF, the British Sebastian Coe, was held all day in the lounge Bayahíbe Hotel Catalonia, El Malecon.

It was chaired by the leader himself of world athletics, who listened for hours the presentations, concerns and suggestions of the 31 presidents of national federations of North, Central American and Caribbean Confederation (NACAC), who chairs the Puerto Rican Victor Lopez.

Coe, who led the activity with Lopez, traveled in the company of three members of the Executive Committee of the IAAF, including Abby Hoffam Canadian, American Stephanie Hightower and Cuban Alberto Juantorena.

He also accompanied Mary Clarke, president of the Working Group on the reform of the governance structure of the International Athletics Federation.

He said the International Federation is scheduled to hold its next congress on December 3rd in Monaco, where they will be presented all opinions, complaints and suggestions began collecting among members of the NACAC, same as will the presidents of federations grouping confederations athletics South America, to where he left for the meeting to be held in Chile, Africa, Oceania, Asia and Europe.

"In this world tour we will listen, understand and absorb to correct everything that is wrong within our organization," said Coe, who was elected president of the organization in Congress in Beijing in 2015.

He said that they will visit the six zones (Confederations) to bring the proposals to amend the statutes of the IAAF and that "the best way to adapt our organization is listening to the concerns and suggestions of our presidents of federations the world, our regional leaders with the interest that they can learn and contribute to the reforms we intend to introduce ".

He said that the amendment to the statutes of the International Federation will not be total, but partial, "because we intend to correct things that are wrong and that were reflected in the previous Congress."

He added, "This and the others are travel, to seek consensus and implement federations and their presidents have more influence on changes that will have our sport."

Coe, a former Olympic champion in 1,500-meter and president of the Organizing Committee of the 2012 Olympics held in his country (London), reiterated that reform seek to improve the athlete and the international federation.

For his part, the president of the NACAC Lopez praised the efforts of the International Athletics Federation and its chairman Sebastian Coe.

"As NACAC welcome this decision and we do ours. All that translates into for our sport should always be valued and encouraged by those who are in management positions of regional entities or federations, "said Lopez.
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