Olivier Gers: "The IAAF is at a challenging and exciting junction. It is a multi-million dollar business that needs to stay relevant, build its fan base and re-establish trust."

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Olivier Gers, will be in Jamaica next week.

JAAA’s president Dr. Warren Blake confirmed Gers visit for the RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards function.

Dr. Blake said, Gers will speak on “the importance of Jamaica to global track and field.”

It is not clear how many days Gers will spend in Jamaica, but he will arrive in time for the January 13th function to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus.

Gers was appointed as IAAF CEO last August. The 46-year-old Frenchman has more than 20 years of commercial, marketing and media experience, leading large global teams in creating revenue driven products, networks and brands.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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