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Candidates Announced For 2022 Athletes’ Commission Elections

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Last updated on June 30th, 2022 at 04:40 AM

World Athletics has received 12 nominations for the six available seats on the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission.

All athletes accredited for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 will have the right to vote in the elections, which will take place during the championships between 15-20 July in official team venues.

To be eligible for nomination, athletes must have participated in at least one of the past two editions of the World Athletics Championships, or in the most recent Olympic Games, or be a competitor at this year’s World Athletics Championships.

The 12 nominees, in alphabetical order, are:

Andrea Paola Bonilla

Nominating member federation: ECU
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Lisanne de Witte

Nominating member federation: NED
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Lauma Griva

Nominating member federation: LAT
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Ramil Guliyev

Nominating member federation: TUR
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Matthew Hughes 

Nominating member federation: CAN
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Ivet Lalova-Collio

Nominating member federation: BUL
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Halimah Nakaayi

Nominating member federation: UGA
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Airine Palsyte

Nominating member federation: LTU
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Anna Ryzhykova

Nominating member federation: UKR
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Lea Sprunger

Nominating member federation: SUI
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Alessia Trost 

Nominating member federation: ITA
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Toshikazu Yamanishi

Nominating member federation: JPN
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Six athletes will be elected in Oregon to fill the spots of the following outgoing Athletes’ Commission members:

Inaki Gomez (CAN)
Kim Collins (SKN)
Adam Kszczot (POL)
Thomas Rohler (GER)
Ivana Vuleta (nee Spanovic) (SRB)
Benita Willis (AUS)

The official campaign period will start on 1 July, allowing candidates to promote their own campaigns. More information about the campaign period and election process are set out in the Athletes’ Commission 2022 Elections Candidate Pack.

The importance of athletes to decision-making within World Athletics was recognised and embedded into the World Athletics structures with the governance and integrity reforms approved in December 2016.

Since 2019, the Chairperson and one other member of the Athletes’ Commission – one man and one woman – have been full voting members of the World Athletics Council.

The Athletes currently holding these positions on the Council are Renaud Lavillenie (FRA, as Chair) and Dame Valerie Adams (NZL, as Deputy Chair).

“It has been an exciting, but also a challenging few years since our last Athletes’ Commission elections in Doha in 2019.

For the first time in history, two Athletes’ Commission members have held voting seats on the World Athletics Council, giving more weight to the athlete’s voice at the leadership level of our sport,” says World Athletics Athletes’ Commission chair Renaud Lavillenie.

“The six athletes to be elected from this exciting group of 12 candidates will join a strong and experienced group of Commission members, and I am sure will pay a great contribution to the future of athletics, always with the athlete community’s best interests at heart. 

“I wish all the candidates good luck and would like to encourage all athletes competing at the World Athletics Championships next month to use their voice and vote for those who they think will best represent them on the Athletes’ Commission.”