IAAF bounces Cesar Moreno Bravo as head of Masters Commission

IAAF President Seb Coe is moving to clean up the world governing body in the wake of the Russian doping scandal and bribery cases. But I didn’t expect the vacuuming to include masters track. But here we go. Longtime IAAF Masters honcho Cesar Moreno Bravo of Mexico (who handed out awards at IAAF Portland and kissed the ladies) apparently is out, replaced by Pierre Weiss of France as chair of the IAAF Masters Commission. (He’s a former triple jumper and IAAF general secretary.) Lately, the commission is known for getting exhibition events into IAAF worlds. So mission accomplished. But what did Cesar do to get fired? Got no clue, but I’ll poke around.

Cesar congratulates women at IAAF Portland W55 800 race.

Cesar Moreno Bravo congratulates women at IAAF Portland W55 800 race.

Here’s the formal announcement:

The IAAF is pleased to announce the chairpersons of the new commissions and advisory groups (see list below) which are designed to assist the delivery of a fundamental programme of change to the sport’s global administration.

The membership of the new set of consultative bodies is composed of smaller, more represented groups with increased representation of women, younger age groups, coaches, former athletes and experts from outside athletics.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe commented: “The commission chairs draw upon the vast array of experience and expertise from across the globe, from within and outside the athletics family, and their combined knowledge will be an important resource to build a modern sport which is open to new ideas and is fast and responsive to the challenges which lie ahead.”

The membership of each of the commissions and advisory groups will be announced in the coming days.

Rozle Prezelj (SLO) – Athletes’ Commission
Paul Deighton (GBR) – Audit and Finance Commission
Victor Lopez (PUR) – Coaches’ Commission
Abby Hoffman (CAN) – Competition Commission
Hamad Kalkaba Malboum (CMR) – Development Commission
Prince Albert II (MON) – International Relations Commission
Maria Clarke (NZL) – Legal Commission
Pierre Weiss (FRA) – Masters’ Commission
Harold Adams (RSA) – Medical and Anti-Doping Commission
Carlo Capalbo (ITA) – Road Running Commission
Bernard Amsalem (FRA) – Values Commission
Dahlan Al Hamad (QAT) – Youth Engagement and Social Media Commission
Max Siegel (USA) – Commercial and Marketing Advisory Group
Hansjorg Wirz (SUI) – Competition Calendar Advisory Group
Stephanie Hightower (USA) – Conflict Resolution Advisory Group
Rajne Soderberg (SWE) – One-Day Meetings Advisory Group
Marc Ventouillac (FRA) – Press and Media Operations Advisory Group
Adille Sumariwalla (IND) – Strategic Communications Advisory Group
Sylvia Barlag (NED) – Sustainable Development Advisory Group
Alex Gilady (ISR) – Television and Digital Advisory Group
Libor Varhanik (CZE) – World Athletics Series Renovation Advisory Group

Here’s an IAAF Master Commission report from 2014:


For quite some time now discussions have taken place for an approach to be made to the IAAF to consider adding some Masters events into appropriate competitions to publicly promote the ‘athletics family’ concept to the sporting world. Whilst there has been support for this inclusion, actually achieving a positive outcome has been a challenge.

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However recent efforts by Cesar Moreno Bravo, Chairman of the newly formed IAAF Masters Commission, may achieve a welcome outcome. This week advice was received that the Technical Directors for the IAAF World Championships to be held in Beiijing, China in August, 2015 were supportive of the inclusion of 4 events for Masters athletes on one day of the championships. Details of the proposal have yet to be defined but the matter will go before the IAAF Council for approval at its July, 2014 meeting.

Whilst the decision taken to date has yet to be formally approved, WMA is obviously excited at the prospect of being part of the IAAF World Championships, albeit in a small way. When further news of the outcome of the IAAF considerations is received, the decision will be announced on this website.

Best regards, Stan Perkins


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March 23, 2016

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