Athletics Kenya (AK) Vice President David Okeyo will ascend to the Confederation of Africa Athletics (CAA) presidency. This is after the CAA president Kalkaba Malboum was elected as the IAAF vice president.
AK chairman Isaiah Kiplagat who has just resumed from his self imposed three month leave said Okeyo who is the CAA second vice president will assume office in accordance with the continental body’s constitution.
Kiplagat said that given Viviene Gungaram who is the senior vice president cannot assume the presidency after Namibia’s Frankie Fredricks was elected to the IAAF as a council member in which they are both from the same region.
“Mauritius and Namibia are from the Southern Africa region so it was not possible for Gungaram to serve as the CAA president and yet there is a member from the same region serving as an IAAF official, this is in accordance to the CAA constitution in terms of regional balancing,” he said.
Kalkaba has served the continental athletics governing body president since 2003 before joining the IAAF as one of the four vice President during the world body’s Congress in Beijing where Kiplagat lost in the polls.
Kiplagat said Kenya should prepare for the 2019 IAAF polls by grooming a youthful aspirant for one of the top posts.
“During the Congress we passed a law of setting an age limit of 70 years to anybody seeking for an elective post,” he said.
Kiplagat said he has resumed from his three month leave but his future as the AK boss will be determined by the executive committee.
“The executive committee is involved with athletics team preparing for the All Africa Games scheduled for Brazzaville, Congo, so once the event is over we shall convene a Nec meeting to discuss and determine my future,” he said.
The chairman said he does not want to impose himself in office and that’s why he is leaving that decision to be determined by the AK