European Athletics Athletes Commission Chair Periklís Iakovákis will join the European Athletics Council as an ex-officio member.
The 2006 European Athletics Championships 400m hurdles champion was elected to the Athletes Commission in 2014 and will hold his post until the next elections during the 2018 European Athletics Championships.
“Athletes are the cornerstone of our sport and so it is appropriate that they have a strong voice and are actively involved in the decision making processes,” commented European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen.
“The Athletes Commission has for many years provided the Council with valuable input about how they view our sport in Europe but the appointment of Periklis means that they now have direct representation on the Council and this will continue with whoever takes on his role in the future.
“I have known Periklis for many years, both from when he was competing in a Greek vest and also as an individual on the international circuit, and even though he retired as a competitive athlete at the end of 2015 I am sure he will represent the opinions and concerns of the athletes very ably. His views will be very valuable as we continually look to improve and enhance our sport in Europe.
“Having the Athletes Commission Chair represented on the Council is just the first of a two-stage process of greater inclusivity for athletes in European Athletics’ decision making process.
“At the next European Athletics Congress in Vilnius on 14 October, I will be proposing a change to our constitution which will mean that the Athletes Commission Chair will become a voting member of the European Athletics Council,” added President Hansen.