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Caribbean islands back Seb Coe's IAAF presidency bid

CONTENDER: Sebastian Coe

BARBADOS AND Jamaica are among the Caribbean nations to back Sebastian Coe's bid to become president of the track and field's governing body, the IAAF.

With under a week to go until the IAAF Presidential election on August 19, the Hellenic Athletics Federation [SEGAS] and 14 Member Federations [MFs] from the North American, Central America and Caribbean Athletics Association [NACAC] have added their support to Coe's campaign.

This declaration of support from NACAC MFs follows meetings and dialogue with Seb Coe in Costa Rica at the recent NACAC Senior Championships. A delighted Coe, the man behind the London 2012 Olympic Games, said: “I am extremely humbled as well as encouraged that so many Member Federations have come out and expressed their support for my candidacy ahead of next week’s election.

"It means so much to have their support and public backing at this time and I am looking forward to meeting and talking with many more Federations as they arrive in Beijing ahead of our Congress."

Kostas Panagopoulos, President of SEGAS, in a letter to Seb Coe expressing his support said: “I strongly feel that this is a major turning point and a crucial milestone for our beloved sport. I once more wish you all the best, not only for your personal aspirations, but also for the good of all of us and Athletics.”

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