Geoff Gardner was re-elected unopposed for a fourth term as President of the Oceania Athletics Association ©OAA

Geoff Gardner has been re-elected President of the Oceania Athletics Association (OAA) for a fourth time.

The former Chief Minister in the Norfolk Islands was elected unopposed at the OAA Congress in the Gold Coast.

Among those who attended the Congress was International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe. 

Gardner, first elected President of the OAA in 2007, is a key ally of Coe's and a member of the IAAF ruling Council.

He also sits on a number of the world governing body's committees and panels.

These include the IAAF Russian Taskforce, the group dealing with the reinstatement of Russia following its suspension in November 2015 after allegations of state-supported doping. 

The Congress also elected Australia's Matt Mahon, Fiji's Joseph Radon, French Polynesia's Titaua Juventin, New Zealand's Trevor Spittle, Northern Marianas's Robin Sapong and Papua New Guinea's Tony Green to the OAA Council. 

The 2020 Regional Championships for the Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian Championships were also awarded during the OAA Congress.

Lautoka in Fiji will host the Melanesian Championships.

This will be the third Championships to head to Fiji, with Athletics Fiji hosting the 2016 Melanesian and 2017 Oceania Championships. 

The Polynesian Championships will go to Nuku’alofa in Tonga, the first time for more than 20 years since the country has hosted an Oceania Athletics event.

The Micronesian Championships has been awarded to Guam.