Sergey Bubka’s 22-year reign at World Athletics ends amid scorching critique of Russian ties, paving the path for Sebastian Coe’s arrival

Sergey Bubka's departure from World Athletics raises questions about ties with Russia. Sebastian Coe assumes leadership, guiding the organization into a new era of change and gender equality goals.


Sergey Bubka’s 22-year reign at World Athletics ends amid scorching critique of Russian ties, paving the path for Sebastian Coe’s arrival

Sergey Bubka, Sebastian Coe (Image via skysports)

As Sergey Bubka, a pillar of the sport’s administration, says goodbye to World Athletics after more than two decades of service, the athletics world experiences a startling turn of events.

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This development follows an intense examination of Bubka’s connections to Russia, which has raised concerns about the organization’s integrity. Sebastian Coe, who won the World Athletics president in 2015 by narrowly defeating Bubka in the election, is currently in an unexpected position.

The departure of Bubka, who was formerly seen as Coe’s main challenger and a prospective successor, marks a turning point. Bubka’s longtime participation in the organization’s varied roles comes to an end, making a place for newcomers and a different approach.

Bubka’s decision to leave his position follows criticism in his own Ukraine for his failure to publicly denounce Russia’s incursion. Bubka came under scrutiny because of his connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin, which were made more apparent by a professional affiliation. Notably, this forced Bubka to step down from his position as president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee.

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The organization is now choosing new vice presidents as Bubka leaves, which is a crucial step that might potentially open the door for Coe to seek leadership inside the International Olympic Committee.

The result of the contest, which has eight contenders for these vice-president posts, may alter the organizational structure. This succession plan raises concerns about the future course and the proposed rules, adding mystery to the landscape of sports administration.

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Sergey Bubka leaves the World Athletics committee, Sebastian Coe assumes control

Sergey Bubka, Sebastian Coe
Sergey Bubka, Sebastian Coe (Image via skysports)

Bubka’s resignation forces World Athletics to focus on reviving its executive team. By 2027, the organization aims to achieve gender parity in senior positions. Making sure that at least 40% of newly elected members are women is an important step in this approach.

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This dedication to fair representation promotes variety and adds many viewpoints to the decision-making process. World Athletics is experiencing a sea shift as new leaders assume key positions.

While Bubka’s resignation highlights a change in the balance of power, Coe’s second term will determine the direction of the organization’s future projects. The direction of world governance in sports is about to change when new vice presidents are chosen.

Coe taking the helm of World Athletics marks the beginning of a new chapter following Sergey Bubka’s departure. Bubka leaves amidst investigations into his dealings with Russia, underscoring the demand for transparent and unbiased governance in sports. With World Athletics at a pivotal moment of change, the organization will shape the sport’s global future significantly.

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