Rudisha appointed CAA athletes’ commission president

Two-time Olympics 800m gold medalist and two-time world champion David Rudisha has been appointed as the President of Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Commission with London Olympics bronze medalist, Micah Chemos, getting appointed as an Athletics Kenya (AK) executive.

Rudisha will replace the outgoing president, Namibian sprinter Frankie Fredericks and is expected to appoint a maximum of seven former or active athletes to the commission.

He will serve alongside Vice President, Mary Onyali Amagbemi of Nigeria the 200m Atlanta Olympics bronze medalist, while Hakim Toumi of Algeria and Amandine Alou Affuoe of Ivory Coast will serve as members.

The 27-year-old will pick the remaining three members are from Ethiopia, South Africa and Cameroon.

While in Kenya, Moscow world Steeplechase champion Chemos who was appointed as the athletes representative replacing former Olympics champion Noah Ngeny.

“I’m very happy with the appointment because the voice of the athletes will be heard, with me being at that position. I will fight for them as much as I can,” Chemos told Citizen Digital.

“I will be listening to the athletes, see how I can help them out, know how the camp is, follow up on the naming of the team, what they are entitled to and their well-being. I would not like them to experience what happened during the preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics Games. I shall also work with other officials so that we know what the athlete’s biggest problem is,” Chemos added.

Chemos, who has been out for two years since suffering a back injury during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games where she won a silver medal in the 3000m steeplechase event, added  she is preparing for the 2017 London World Championships where she will double up in the 5000m and 10000m events.

Others who were also appointed to other places include two-time Olympics medalist and three-time steeplechase world champion Ezekiel Kemboi to the IAAF athletics Commission.

AK Vice President Jinaro Kibet will join Kemboi after he was appointed to an IAAF committee that will be looking into cases and legislation in the change of allegiance and/or nationality by athletes.