Double world and Olympic Champion David Rudisha has been appointed head of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Athletes’ Commission.
Athletics Kenya (AK) president Jackson Tuwei said in a press conference that CAA president Kalkaba Malboum named Rudisha for the position, replacing former Namibian sprinter Frank Fredericks.
As president of CAA Athletes’ Commission, Rudisha’s immediate responsibility will be to appoint three of the seven commission members he will work with to make high profile decisions that affect operations of athletes within the continent.
Rudisha thanked Athletics Kenya (AK) stating his appointment was as a result of stability created by the local athletics body.
“I feel honoured. Kenya has been the heart of athletics globally and this appointment is purely on merit. As president, I will strive to unite all the athletics federations in Africa as we champion for the rights of athletes,” said Rudisha.
Among key issues Rudisha said he would tackle was the mass exodus of African athletes to European and Gulf nations, the most recent being that of steeplechaser Ruth Jebet who won gold at the Rio Olympics running in Bahrain colours.
At the same time, four-time world champion and 2012 Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ezekiel Kemboi was appointed into the IAAF athletes’ commission.
Kemboi has cherished his appointment stating the position will help him serve and unite athletes from all over the world.
“As an IAAF Commission member I will try to use that capacity to market Kenya to the rest of the world. It is a great thing to be recognized and handed this appointment,” said Kemboi.
Also, 2013 World 3000m steeplechase champion Milcah Chemos has been appointed into the Athletics Kenya executive as an athletes’ representative, taking over from 2000 Sydney Olympics 1500m champion Noah Ngeny.