Kenya’s very own David Lekuta Rudisha has been appointed to chair the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA).
The two-time world and Olympic 800 meters champion will be replacing former Namibian sprinter Frank Fredericks.
He was appointed by the CAA President Ahmad Kalkaba Maboum who also appointed three other new members to the body.
David Rudisha will be joined by Mary Onyali Amagbemi of Nigeria; 200m Atlanta Olympics bronze medalist, who will serve as his deputy. Hakim Toumi of Algeria and Amandine Alou Affuoe of Ivory Coast completes the newly appointed quartet.
”The president of the Confederation of African Athletics has chosen you for many objective reasons to lead the destiny of this important commission,” CAA secretary Lamine Faty said in a letter to Rudisha.
This will be the first administrative post that David Rudisha will hold. He will sit on the commission’s technical committee where he will directly influence issues concerning athletes.
David Rudisha’s first taste of success was at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Beijing where he came first.
He went on to set a world record time of 1:40.91 for the 800m at the 2012 London Olympics and becoming the first athlete in 52 years to successfully defend the title at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 27-year-old expressed his excitement in taking up what he called a “challenging role during a challenging time”. Over the past few months, Athletics has been dogged with many reports of doping which Rudisha aims to battle.
”I am happy to take up the new position. I will work for the welfare and unity of all the athletes in Africa,” Rudisha said.
In other related Kenyan athletics news, London Olympics bronze medalist, Micah Chemos, has been appointed as an executive in Athletics Kenya.
”I’m very happy with the appointment because the voice of the athletes will be heard, with me being at that position. I will fight for them as much as I can,” said an enthusiastic Chemos.