JUBILEE EDITION OF HANNOVER MARATHON COULD BE FASTEST ONE YET
The 25th edition of the HAJ Hannover Marathon on Sunday (19) will be boosted by the strongest elite entry in the history of the IAAF Silver Label Road Race. Six Kenyan men with personal bests faster than 2:08 are on the start list. Among them are Benjamin Kiptoo, who won the 2011 Paris Marathon with 2:06:31, and Josphat Ndambiri, winner of the Fukuoka Marathon in the same year with 2:07:36.Add a comment
Alfonz Juck, EME NEWS
First Worlds for USA
BEIJING (CHN): Surprise decision during the afternoon session of the second day of IAAF Council meeting in Beijing. World governing body awarded Eugene the 2021 IAAF World Championships. The proposal to award the IAAF’s premier competition to Eugene, bypassing the usual bidding process, was taken in response to what was seen as a unique strategic opportunity to host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in the USA. The decision followed a presentation to the IAAF in recent months by Eugene, USA. The candidature of the city from the State of Oregon and USATF, who mounted a failed bid last November for the 2019 edition of the championships, uniquely combined the commitment of the funding by the governor of Oregon with the financial support of the United States Olympic Committee and the guarantee of NBC to produce and broadcast in cooperation with Universal Sports the championships live across America. Council’s decision was taken in order to grant the sport’s access to one of the most historically successful countries in Athletics as well as the most powerful economy in the world. “In granting the championships to Eugene the IAAF Council have made a clear choice on a strategic decision that enables us to take advantage of a unique opportunity that may never arise again, whereby public authorities, the private sector, the national Olympic Committee, NBC and a particularly enthusiastic public are joining forces,” commented President Lamine Diack. Says IAAF in a release. The IAAF Council voted 23 to 1 with 1 abstention for Eugene according to Christopher Clarey of the NY Times. It already happened with 2007 Worlds given to Osaka without a formal bid process. For 2014 Eugene winners and medalists in 7 years time the right time to return to Eugene at age of 26 years.
Alfonz Juck, EME NEWS
Olympic standards for Rio approvedAdd a comment
BEIJING (CHN): At the 198th IAAF Council meeting in Intercontinental Beijing, Beichen Hotel provisional IAAF membership was granted to the Kosovo Athletic Federation, this brings the total IAAF membership to 214 national member federations. The entry standards were approved for Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, with the similar approach as for this years World Championships in Beijing with having instead of A and B only one standard in each event. Relays have different system with 8 teams qualified from 2015 IAAF World Relays in Bahamas and remaining 8 by World lists. Dentsu/AMS, in close collaboration with the IAAF, will implement LED advertising to replace the traditional static boards for the first time at an IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015. Various calendars for 2016 have been approved (IAAF Diamond League, CC Permit and Indoor Permit circuits). The time table (pole vault direct finals on Thursday for example) and entry standards (no qualifications in technical events) were approved for IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. Also time-tables were confirmed for IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff onMarch 26, 2016 and IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Cheboksary on May 7-8, 2016. Dates were approved for IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Kampala 2017 (March 26) and IAAF World Youth Championships in Nairobi 2017 (July 12-16). The inauguration of the new IAAF headquarters is scheduled to take place on 11 May with the presence of HSH Albert II of Monaco, the Minister of State of the Principality, the President of the IOC and the Members of the IAAF Executive Board.
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