Following the tragic death of Svein Arne Hansen on 20 June 2020, European Athletics Vice President and Executive Board member Dobromir Karamarinov, from Bulgaria, has become the European Athletics Interim President.
Karamarinov, in line with the European Athletics Constitution, originally assumed this role following Hansen's stroke in March which left the latter unable to perform the duties of his position.
Born on 26 March 1958, Karamarinov was first elected to the European Athletics Council in 2007. After two terms as a Council Member he was elected as First Vice President in 2015.
Over the next four years, he worked closely with Hansen who had been elected as President at the same Congress, to help deliver the five-part agenda outlined in the Hansen's 'Leading Change' document.
Karamarinov was formerly an athletics coach and has a post-graduate degree in sports management. He is the President of the Bulgarian athletics federation and the Association of the Balkan Athletic Federations.
In addition to being a member of various European Athletics and World Athletics Commissions and Advisory Groups, he was also the head of the Team Europe delegation at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 IAAF Continental Cups.