World Athletics President Sebastian Coe at the 54th World Athletics Congress in Budapest (Photo © Marton Kovacs)

Sebastian Coe Re-elected as World Athletics President

The 54th World Athletics Congress has reelected Sebastian Coe as President of the international governing body of athletics sport.

Thirty-one candidates were involved in the election for the World Athletics President, four Vice Presidents and 13 individual Council Members.

Coe, a double 1500m Olympic Gold medallist turned British politician, has been serving as chief of World Athletics and the board since 2015.

On Thursday, President Coe was elected for a third term at the 54th World Athletics Congress in Budapest.

A total of 192 voting members of Congress voted for Coe and three abstained, per WA. Under the World Athletics Constitution, this will be Coe’s final term as President.

Coe is not the only one reelected at the WA Congress held two days ahead of the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

Ximena Restrepo of Chile will also remain in her post as vice president and member of the executive board for another term.

She will be joined by newly elected vice presidents Raúl Chapado of Spain and Adille Sumariwalla of India – both members of the council, as well as Kenya’s Jackson Tuwei.

The Congress also elected all-women 13 individual members into its Council responsible for all decisions related to athletics sport.

On the 26 World Athletics Council, the 13 newly elected individual members will be joined by the president, four vice presidents, six Area Presidents, and two members of the Athletes’ Commission.

Host cities for the next WA Series named

The congress held the meeting days after the previous Council passed a decision on the host cities for three future World Athletics Series events.

The council reinstated the Peruvian city, of Lima as the host of the 2024 World U20 Championships. The Hosting rights of the other World Athletics Series events, however, were confirmed to either the US or European cities.

Eugene, Oregon, will host the World Athletics U20 Championships for the second time in 2026, having first played host in 2014 and also welcomed athletes for the World Athletics Championships last year.

The WA Road Running Championships have been awarded to San Diego, USA, for 2025 and to Copenhagen, Denmark, for 2026.

The inaugural WA Road Running Championships, which will include championship distances of one mile, 5km, and half marathon, will be held in Riga, Latvia, on 1 October 2023.

The championships will become an annual event from 2025. San Diego, USA, and Copenhagen, Denmark, are selected to host the second and third editions.

“The standard of bids is so high that we would like to encourage those who were not successful today to continue talking to us about staging future events,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said after the announcement.

The Council also approved the dates for the World Athletics Relays Guangzhou 25, which will be held on 10-11 May 2025.