Rozle Prezelj is to take over from Frank Fredericks as chairman of the commission

Marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe has been elected as vice-chairwoman of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission at what IAAF president Seb Coe described as “a crucial time for athletics’ future”.

At a meeting in Monaco on Saturday it was also announced that Rozle Prezelj is to take over from Frank Fredericks as chairman of the commission.

Prezelj represented Slovenia in the high jump at three Olympics and four IAAF World Championships. A European under-23 champion in 2001, he set a national record of 2.32m in 2012 before retiring in 2014.

“I was very pleased to meet with our Athletes’ Commission,” commented Coe. “I offer my deepest thanks and gratitude to Frank Fredericks, the outgoing chairperson, for his unstinting passion and commitment on behalf of athletes everywhere since he was elected in 2011.

“Many congratulations to his successor Rozle Prezelj and to Paula Radcliffe, the vice chairperson.

“They lead the commission at a crucial time for athletics’ future.

“The commission’s continued support and guidance is vital as we implement reforms across the IAAF and the sport to rebuild trust, in particular supporting clean athletes and honest competition.”

Prezelj said: “I’m most gratified by this show of confidence from my fellow commission members for entrusting me with this big responsibility in these challenging times to represent the athlete community. I will do my very best to justify their trust as chairperson.

“In taking over from Frank Fredericks, I wish to thank him for his tireless commitment as an ambassador for athletes.”

The IAAF stated that the main focus of Saturday’s meeting was about “how the athlete voice can be fully heard”.

Other discussion points are said to have included more stringent controls for recovering prize money when athletes fail anti-doping tests, sanctions and fines for coach and entourage offenders, and better investigation into historic cases.