Gabriel becomes IAAF General Secretary

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DAEGU, South Korea (AP) -- French sports administrator and consultant Essar Gabriel has been appointed general secretary of the international governing body for track and field.

IAAF President Lamine Diack said Tuesday that Gabriel will replace Pierre Weiss, who retired after working in the higher echelons of the IAAF for the past two decades.

Gabriel was the head of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last year. He also was director general of the world athletics championships in Paris in 2003 and chief operating officer of the French capital's unsuccessful bid for the 2012 Olympics.