Athletics: Annabel Pennefather appointed member of IAAF Ethics Commission

Annabel Pennefather has been appointed as one of two new members of the IAAF Ethics Commission.
Annabel Pennefather has been appointed as one of two new members of the IAAF Ethics Commission. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

SINGAPORE - Singapore National Olympic Council vice-president Annabel Pennefather has been appointed as one of two new members of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Ethics Commission on Wednesday.

Pennefather, 68, is the first Singaporean to be part of the Commission.

The addition of the lawyer, alongside South African Catherine O'Regan, to the nine-member Commission comes as the sport is scrambling to mend its credibility after it had come under intense scrutiny for scandals and corruption.

Russia was provisionally suspended from track and field after an initial report by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) detailed systematic, state-sponsored doping and related corruption in Russia.

Currently leading Withers KhattarWong's sports law practice, Pennefather holds several other portfolios in sports law and governance both locally and in Asia.

A former vice-president of the International Hockey Federation from 2004 to 2010, Pennefather is now the deputy president of the International Hockey Federation's (IHF) Judicial Commission, while she is also a member of the Olympic Council of Asia's Sports for All Committee.

Pennefather has also served as chef de mission for Singapore's contingents at a number of major Games such as the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, the Doha Asian Games in 2006, the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 and the Myanmar SEA Games in 2013.