By Duncan Mackay
August 12 - Mike Fennell has confirmed that he will not seek re-election as President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) - leaving the way clear for Malaysia's Prince Tunku Imran to replace him, as first revealed exclusively on insidethegames.
The 76-year-old Jamaican is retiring after 17 years as President having overseen Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, Manchester in 2002, Melbourne in 2006 and New Delhi in 2010, which were all successful apart from the last one which was bedevilled with controversy over the building of infrastructure and security and is now at the centre of a major political row over corruption.
Imran, 63, was the only candidate to put himself forward when the deadline for candidates closed yesterday.
He is a former Malaysian squash champion and is the President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia vice-president of the CGF and Chairman of the CGF's Sports Committee.
He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 2006, having lead the Malaysian team to the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games as its Chef de Mission.
He has held a number of positions in world sport, including being President of the World Squash Federation from 1989 to 1996 and he was an Executive Board Member of the International Cricket Council from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2001 to 2008.
Professionally, Imran is a qualified barrister, company chairman and director.
Elections for the CGF Executive will take place in St Kitts on November 11, the same time that the CGF's 71 member nations will decide whether the Gold Coast or Hambantota will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
There will be four people chasing two places as vice-president, led by Kip Keino, the 1968 Olympic 1500m and 1972 3000 metres steeplechae champion.
He will face opposition from England's Ian Emmerson, Canada's Brude Robertson and Gideon Sam from South Africa.
Scotland's Louise Martin and Barbados' Austin Sealy will be unopposed for the role of general secretary and treasure respectively.