10 April, 2015

Svein Arne Hansen is the new President of European Athletics

Former Meeting Director of ExxonMobil Bislett Games, Svein Arne Hansen, is the new President of European Athletics.

Former Meeting Director of ExxonMobil Bislett Games, Svein Arne Hansen, is the new President of European Athletics.

Mr. Hansen received 26 of the votes from the 50 Member Federations, defeating the two opposing candidates Jean Garcia of France (19 votes) and Antti Pihlakoski of Finland (5 votes).

“I am very touched by the support of the Congress. I want to thank (outgoing President) Hansjörg Wirz for his good work in positioning European Athletics for the future,” President Hansen told the European Athletics website after his victory.

Speaking to the Norwegian Athletics Federation website, he said: “Receiving an overall majority in the first round gives me a strong mandate over the next four-year-period. Together with a strong and competent board I will work to develop European Athletics in the coming years.”

Svein Arne Hansen was a European Vice President 2007-2011, Meeting Director of Bislett Games 1985-2009, and has been President of the Norwegian Athletics Federation since 2003.

The 2015 European Athletics Congress took place on Saturday morning in Bled, Slovenia.