Nationality Review Panel Member


World Athletics


Panel Member





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The Nationality Review Panel of World Athletics (the ‘Panel’) is established pursuant to Regulation 5.1 of the ‘Eligibility to represent a member in National Representative Competitions Regulations’ (‘the Regulations’) and is appointed by, and reports to, the World Athletics Council.

The Panel’s primary role is to decide if an athlete can represent a Member Federation based on the criteria set out in Rule 4 of the Eligibility Rules (‘the Rules’) and the Regulations.

The Panel reviews and make decisions following applications submitted by Member Federations concerning either the eligibility (i.e., when an athlete has never previously competed for a Member Federation) of an athlete to represent a Member Federation or transfer of allegiance (i.e., where an athlete has previously competed for a Member Federation) of an athlete from one Member Federation to another.

The Panel consists of a pool of nine members from which three members are chosen by the Chairperson to consider the applications received from Member Federations. The term of office of Panel members is four years. In July 2022 the terms of office will expire for four members of the Panel. World Athletics is therefore now seeking applications for four positions on the Panel for appointment by the World Athletics Council in July 2022. The appointment will be for a period of four years ending July 2026. The current five members whose term of office expires may reapply for appointment.

The Panel frequently receives applications (approximately 30 to 40 applications per year) for its consideration and decision. To fulfil its responsibilities, the Panel either meets virtually or considers matters through e-mail consultation.

Individual Attributes

The Chairperson and members of the Panel will collectively have experience in the areas of governance and being on a decision-making body. Successful candidates will be appointed primarily for their qualifications and expertise. As all members will be bound by the Integrity Code of Conduct applicants must have impeccable integrity. Shortlisted applicants will also be vetted in accordance with the World Athletics Vetting Rules.

Experience of dealing with eligibility and/or transfers of athletes within athletics or other sports bodies is considered a bonus.


If travel is required, then World Athletics will arrange travel and accommodation and reimburse travel expenses in accordance with World Athletics policy. The role is not remunerated.

Key Actions and Dates

Please find listed below the key actions for prospective applicants which Member Federations and Area Associations should also be aware of:

  • A Cover Letter detailing the applicant’s suitability (against the criteria listed) outlining their skills and experience, how they will contribute to the Nationality Review Panel and the reasons for applying;
  • A full Curriculum Vitae;
  • Contact details: email address and telephone numbers (including mobile);
  • Referees: full contact details of three (3) referees; and
  • Endorsement: written endorsement supporting the application from the applicant’s Member Federation or Area Association are welcomed but not required.

All applicants should also review the Vetting Rules, a copy of which is available here.

An outline of the key dates is as follows:

20 May 2022 (23:59 CET) - Deadline for submission of candidates for the Nationality Review Panel:

20 May – 9 June 2022 - Review applications, compile shortlist & conduct interviews

By 17 June 2022 - Conduct vetting of the shortlisted candidates

22 June 2022 - Notification to candidates of outcome of application

13/14 July 2022 - Approval by Council of appointment of 4 NRP Members

By 15 July 2022 - Notification of Council’s decision

Applications should be emailed to by no later than 23:59 (CET) on 20 May 2022.


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