LONDON, Great Britain – Former world 100m champion Kim Collins has thrown his hat in the ring for a position on the IAAF Athletes Commission.

“Motivating the young people and coaching” were just two of the things Collins told back in May that he would want to focus on after competitive track and field.

Collins said if elected that “would put him on the path of helping other upcoming athletes, because there are a lot of issues some of us face that really don’t have to be that way.”

Collins, in 2003 won the World 100m title. He represented his country at the Summer Olympics on six occasions, from 1996 to 2016. He has also competed at eight consecutive editions of the World Championships, beginning in 1997 and up to 2011. He competed again in 2015 in Beijing.

From August 1 to 12 the elections for the 6 places in the IAAF Athletes Commission will be held. Participants at the World championships will vote. For six places 15 athletes are bidding, including Collins. The others are sprinter Angel David Rodriguez, steeple runner Habiba Ghribi, walker Inaki Gomez, former 400m hurdler Periklis Iakovakis, 800m runner Adam Kszczot, former hammer thrower Yipsi Moreno, shot putter Marco Fortes, current head of the commission and former high jumper Rozle Prezelj, javelin thrower Thomas Rohler, triple jumper Olha Saladukha, long jumper Ivana Spanovic, distance runner Benita Willis, high jumper Yu Wang and combined eventer Gyorgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas.

The six elected members of the Commission shall begin their mandate on 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2021.

They will replace from current IAAF Athletes Commission members Hussain Taher Al-Sabee, Tommi Evila, Habiba Ghribi (she candidates again), Jennifer Joyce, Rozle Prezelj (he also goes again) and Matej Toth as their mandate ends in 2017.

Other 13 members have the mandate until end of 2019. They are Anita Talay, Fabiana Murer, Mehdi Baala, Paula Radcliffe, Michael Frater, Koji Murofushi, Ezekiel Kemboi, Andreas Thorkildsen, Valerie Adams, Mutaz Essa Barshim, Yelena Isinbayeva, Christian Olsson and Dwight Phillips.

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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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