A new era for Asian Athletics Association (AAA) has started with the election of Dahlan Al Hamad as a President of the most prominent and populated continental association of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).  With this result ended the 13-year reign of Suresh Kalmadi in the helm of AAA.

 

dahlan-300x160IAAF Vice President and Qatar Athletics Federation President  Dahlan Al Hamad was the big winner in the AAA elections held today, in Pune (home turf of Kalmadi) with 20-18 votes, on the eve of the Asian Athletics Championships, and earned the right to lead the AAA for the next two-year term (exceptionally for two years instead of four  in order to have the AAA and the IAAF elections harmonised).

In a short message right after his landslide victory Al Hamad cited:

Today a new era for the Asian Athletics commences; a new era in which we will use all our forces to boost the image of our beloved sport, to reform the structure of the AAA from its foundations.’

I have a vision for Asian Athletics and therefore I have drawn a detailed plan, whose execution begins immediately and is based on realistic ideas and proposals. This will be the vehicle to pave the way for a bright future.’

I am sending an open invitation to all the AAA member countries to stand on my side and fight with me. We are living in a vast continent where there are numerous financial sources to derive support, we just need to showcase that we owe the right product which is worthy investing in. I am quite positive that the day the Asian Athletics will stand in a much higher spot, will not be delayed.