Doha, Qatar: Qatar’s Dahlan Al Hamad was re-elected as the president of the Asian Athletics Association for another four years.
Dahlan, who is also the IAAF vice president, was elected at the 23rd Asian Athletics Association Congress held at Wyndham Hotel in Doha. The Qatari capital will host the Asian Athletics Championships from April 21.
Dhalan got 30 of the 45 votes polled while his Jordanian opponent Saad Al Hayat got 13. UAE’s Nasser Al Maamari withdrew his candidacy at the last moment.
Dahlan was elected to the position for the first time in 2013 when he replaced India’s Suresh Kalmadi.
Dahlan thanked all 45 member federations for trusting in his leadership and vowed to continue his work to take all member federations together to strengthen Asian athletics.
Thailand’s Surapong Ariyamongkol was elected as the Senior Vice President while Wang Nan (China), Hiroshi Yokokawa (Japan), Mohammad Jumah (Kuwait), Muhammad Akram Sahi (Pakistan) and Andrey Abduvaliev (Uzbekistan) were elected as vice presidents.
Kwan Kee (Hong Kong), Tigor M Tanjung (Indonesia), Ching Cheng Wang (Chinese Taipei), Roland Saade (Lebanon), Karim Bin Ibrahim (Malaysia), Tsewang Rinzing (Bhutan), Mohammed Talip Mohammed Tahir (Brunei), and Shagea Mohammed Al Maqdashi (Yemen) were the individual members while Stepanisheva Tatyana (Turkmenistan), Mala Sakonhninhom (Laos) and Filomena Barros Dos Reis (East Timor) were the women members.