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IAAF Council seat allows Russia to defend its athletes’ interests — official

August 19, 2015, 10:42 UTC+3 BEIJING
Russia will carry out a serious effort on developing this sport in the world and improving many processes that are "not ideal" in athletics, a Russian athletics official said
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BEIJING, August 19. /TASS/. A seat in the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) gives Russia an opportunity to defend the interests of its athletes, a Russian athletics official, Mikhail Butov, who has been elected to the Council, said.

"Of course, it is pleasant that Russia will be again represented in the IAAF Council," said Butov, who is also the secretary general of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF).

"It is very important that we have received a chance to have a say, to defend the interests of our sportsmen and the Russian athletics. We have to work rather hard now," he said.

Russia will carry out a serious effort on developing this sport in the world and improving many processes that are "not ideal" in athletics, Butov added.

Earlier in the day, British politician and former athlete Sebastian Coe, 58, was elected IAAF president receiving 115 votes. His rival Ukrainian former Olympic pole vault champion Sergey Bubka, 51, secured 92 votes.

"We built our ties with both candidates. We have a long-term friendly and business relationship with Sergey, while Sebastian loves Moscow as he established himself as an athlete there. We are set to work further with each of them. I think, our cooperation will be efficient," Butov said.

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