Periklis Iakovakis approved as Chair of Athletes Committee

Athletes Commitee Chair Periklís Iakovákis
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Periklís Iakovákis won 400m hurdles gold at the Gothenburg 2006 European Athletics Championships.

Periklis Iakovakis has been unanimously approved by the European Athletics Athletes Committee as Chair of the Committee.

As Chair, Iakovakis will take his place on the European Athletics Council.

The Council had previously agreed to President Svein Arne Hansen’s proposal to have Iakovakis of Greece and Emma Green of Sweden as appointed members of the Committee.

The first Athletes Committee Meeting will take place on 8 November 2018 in Lausanne.

Six athletes representing six countries were elected by their peers to the Athletes Committee during the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships in August.

Each of the 1571 accredited athletes had the opportunity to vote for three female and three male candidates, with 36 per cent of participating athletes taking part in the vote.

The 2018-2022 Committee also comprises long jumper Ivana Spanovic (SRB), sprinter Ivet Lalova-Collio (BUL), and middle-distance runner Hannah England (GBR). On the men’s side, there is middle-distance runner Marcin Lewandowski (POL), multi-eventer Janis Leitis (LAT), and sprinter Angel David Rodriguez (ESP).

The European Athletics Athletes Committee is composed of eight members (four women and four men), of which six (three women and three men) are elected at the European Athletics Championships and two (one woman and one man) are appointed by the European Athletics President.

The main task of the Committee is to address and discuss all matters of concern to elite athletes in Europe, with one member also appointed to represent the Committee in the Event & Competition Commission. The Athletes Committee is, therefore, the voice of and for all elite athletes in Europe.