Controversial Karim appeals to CAS over removal from IAAF Council
Malaysia’s Karim Ibrahim has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over his removal from the ruling Council of the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, after its vetting panel found him to be “not eligible” to continue in the role.
The controversial Ibrahim (pictured right with IAAF Council senior vice president Sergey Bubka), who is also a council member of the Asian Athletics Federation, was elected president of the Malaysian Athletics Federation in 2014 in a landslide 33-8 vote in his favour, after Ibrahim succeeded in overturning a six-year ban imposed on him two years earlier over allegations of involvement in two doping cases.
A total of 15 coaches and 42 athletes has signed a petition against Karim, at the time the MAF’s deputy president, leading to the formation of an independent inquiry which substantiated many of the allegations against him.
Upon Karim’s election, Khairy Jamaluddin, the Malaysian sports minister, clearly unhappy with the result, nevertheless insisted that there was no choice but to accept the result.
Khairy said at the time: “I understand there are athletes and coaches that have their own views about those who were nominated for the president’s post but they have to accept this as it is a democratic process.
“Although there were a number of issues involving him [Karim] during his last term, the Sports Commissioner's view is that he is eligible to contest this election and has been selected to lead the MAF legitimately. There was nothing holding him back from contesting.”
However, Khairy warned: “I ask MAF’s top leadership not to repeat the crisis-ridden ways of the past and bring the association back into the dark ages.
“I believe the crisis in MAF has directly contributed to the decline in performance from the athletes in this country.
“And if they want to take it back to a time of crisis, infighting and unethical leadership, the one that suffers is Malaysian track and field and I will not allow that.”