By Nick Butler

Hamad Kalkaba Malboum has been reappointed President of the Confederation of African Athletics ©IAAFHamad Kalkaba Malboum has been unanimously re-elected President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) in Addis Ababa, to serve a third four-year term at the helm of the continental body.

The Cameroonian, also a member of the ruling council of the International Association of Athletics Federations as well as President of the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee, was first elected in 2003.

He then won further elections in 2007 and 2011 and is now set to serve until at least 2019.

The 65-year-old had been due to face opposition from Shek Mohammed Ahmed, only for his Djibouti opponent to withdraw shortly before the decision was made.

The election was held during the CAA Elective Confress at the African Union Headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, with Addis Ababa also the venue for this week's African Junior Championships.

He will be joined by five vice-presidents: Vivien Gungaram of Mauritius, Théophile Montcho of Benin, Abdeslam Ahizoune of Morocco, David Okeyo of Kenya and Violet Odogwu of Nigeria.

The Gambia's Dodou Joof will serve as treasurer, while five regional heads have also been confirmed.

Algeria's Amar Bouras will spearhead the north region, Senegal's Momar Mbaya will lead in the west, Bostwana's Moses Bantsi will take charge of the southern region, Alebachew Neguissie of Ethiopia will do likewise in the east, while Chad's Hisseine Ngara will lead the central region.

The new ruling Council of the Confederation of African Athletics pictured following the meeting in Addis Ababa ©CAAThe new ruling Council of the Confederation of African Athletics pictured following the meeting in Addis Ababa ©CAA

A further nine individual members from nine different countries across the continent have also been confirmed, while Lamine Faty of Senegal will serve as the body's secretary general.

Among major issues for the continental body over the next four years will be preparations for the All African Games later this year, as well as lingering doping concerns on the continent, and the continuing exodus of African athletes to compete for other nations. 

The year is set to be a doubly significant one for Africa, with Faty's Senegalese compatriot Lamine Diack set to end his 16 year term as IAAF President, with Britain's Sebastian Coe and Ukraine's Sergey Bubka the two candidates poised to succeed him.

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