Ayikoru Re-elected On IAAF Cross Country Committee

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Ugandas Beatrice Ayikoru has been re-elected on the Cross Country Committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF.

Uganda's Beatrice Ayikoru has been re-elected on the Cross Country Committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

"I am very happy that IAAF members have trust in me and re-elected me in my absence," Ayikoru told URN on phone. Ayikoru, also the secretary of the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) will serve from 2015-2019 on the 11-member committee.

During the elections that took place in Beijing, China on Wednesday with 207 member Federations casting their votes, two time Olympic 1500m champion British Seb Coe was elected President. He beat Ukranian Sergey Bubka by 115 votes to 92.

Ayikoru said she is determined to work even harder for the development of athletics. "I think we have what it takes to push athletics to another level," added Ayikoru. She however said it was unfortunate that Africa had lost three places in the IAAF.

While Ayikoru was voted, Kenya's Isaiah Kiplagat, who was seeking one of the four IAAF Vice president posts lost his bid and also the council seat where he had served as member since 1999.

Kiplagat had the least votes of the seven men vying with only 64 countries voting for him. Bubka, the Olympic pole vault champion retained his Vice President post as he topped the race with 187 votes.

The elections took place ahead of the World Championships which start on Saturday with the marathon. World champion and Olympic marathon gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich will lead Uganda's 11-man team.