SPORTS Gong Lijiao, Su Bingtian elected as CAA vice presidents


Gong Lijiao, Su Bingtian elected as CAA vice presidents


15:44, January 14, 2023

Gong Lijiao (left) and Su Bingtian (right) (Photo: Sina)

Star sprinter Su Bingtian and Olympic shot put champion Gong Lijiao have been elected as vice presidents of the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA), the country's governing body of the sport confirmed on Friday.

Yu Hongchen was elected as the CAA president during the first session of its 10th Congress held last month. World Athletics council member Wang Nan was elected as first vice president, with Cai Yong as vice president and secretary general. Gong and Su are the only two active athletes among other 12 vice presidents.

33-year-old Gong won the women's shot put gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and she also claimed titles at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.

Su, also 33, set a new Asian record of 9.83 seconds in the men's 100m en route to becoming the first Chinese to qualify for the final of the event in Olympic history at Tokyo 2020. He also led China's 4x100m relay team to earn a silver at the 2015 worlds and an Olympic bronze medal in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, women's javelin throw Olympic champion Liu Shiying, men's triple jump Olympic silver medalist Zhu Yaming, as well as retired race walk Olympic champions Chen Ding and Wang Liping were elected as executive committee members of the CAA.

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