Gers Resigns from IAAF

Gers Resigns from IAAF

IAAF released a statement early today, announcing the resignation of their Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Gers. Gers has served the IAAF for about 18 months, ever since he joined the outfit in October 2016.

Part of Gers resignation statement read,Whilst I am sorry to be leaving, the pre-existing commercial framework makes it difficult for me to apply my talents and fully leverage the assets of the IAAF in the way I would like. Given my stance, I have resigned so the IAAF can pursue a different commercial strategy for the sport.”

“We have accomplished a lot in the last 18 months: outlining a new strategic plan for growth, bringing a new leadership team in place to achieve this plan, securing broadcast and digital rights to expand audiences for the sport, innovating audiovisual coverage of the sport with the creation of IAAF Productions as evidenced by the recent World Indoor Tour, changing processes at the Monaco Headquarters to better serve the sport. With the team now in place, I am confident the organization is in the best possible hands to drive growth.”

Sebastian Coe, the IAAF President, expressed his deepest gratitude to Gers, quoting the contribution and achievements. I would like to thank Olivier for the work he has done particularly around putting a strong team in place at the IAAF, developing a strategic plan and securing broadcast and digital rights to expand audiences for Athletics globally.   Coming off the best world championships we have ever had, having established a set of reforms that solidly underpin the governance of the sport and having established a solid foundation for growth, we will move forward with the innovation that will bring in new fans and new partners.”

Oliver Gers will hold on to the role for three months to allow the IAAF to recruit a new CEO as stated on the  IAAF Official Website.

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