l to r: Dapeng Lou (CHN), Arne Ljungqvist (SWE), Lamine Diack (SEN) - IAAF Council meeting, Mombasa, Day 1 (© Getty Images)
The IAAF Council met today for the first session of its 3 day meeting in Mombasa, which will conclude on Tuesday with the election of the host cities for the 2011 and 2013 World Championships in Athletics.
Extract from President’s Lamine Diack’s speech:
“The team we form part of continues to work extremely hard, and the benefits of this will very soon become apparent to all. These results mirror our healthy financial situation and the positive effects of the reforms we are introducing on an ongoing basis, most notably with regard to competitions, and, above all else, the implementation of our strategy for the future."
"This is why I have chosen to end this address with some words on the Athletics’ World Plan, which has in many ways acted as our guiding light and inspired the decisions we have made."
"The following are only some of the tangible changes directly inspired by the Plan’s positive influence on the transitional phases our sport is going through:"
- Significant progress made in establishing athletics as a major sport in schools.
- The initiative to grant the continental associations more responsibility in the management and development of our sport.
- Incentives introduced to encourage top-level athletes to take part in their respective continental competitions.
- Inclusion of results from continental championships in defining the qualification criteria for World Championships.
- Adapting of IAAF competition formats to meet the requirements of broadcasters.
- Standardisation of age categories.
- Creation of an integrated calendar encompassing national, regional, continental and world competitions.
- Media training for elite athletes.
- Creation of a team of athlete ambassadors entrusted with the task of promoting athletics.
- Research programmes.
Council has concluded its investigation into the case of a Bahraini athlete Tarek Mubarek Salem Taher, formerly Dennis Kipkurui Sang of Kenya, who was alleged to have competed at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Marrakesh in 2005, a competition open to athletes aged 17 or younger, when over-age.
After an extensive investigation by the IAAF, fully supported by the Kenyan government, it has emerged that the athlete falsified a birth certificate in order to obtain a Kenyan passport listing his birthday as 1 December 1989, when his real date of birth was 1 December 1986. With this conclusive evidence, it is apparent that Tarek Mubarek Salem Taher not only competed in Marrakesh in 2005 while over-age, but also in the Junior race of the 2006 World Cross Country Championships and the World Junior Championships in Beijing. Council has now informed the Bahraini federation to hold a disciplinary hearing, according to IAAF rules, and report back within one month.
With regard to two other athletes under investigation, Ali Belal Mansour (formerly John Kipkorir Yego) has been cleared of any allegation of cheating, while the investigation into Khamis Aadam Ismael (formely, Hosea Kiplagat Kosgei) is still on-going.
Candidates for future WAS Host Cities
A number of letters of interest have been received to host future IAAF World Athletics Series (WAS) competitions. Following receipt of the bidding documentation, the final decision on hosts will be taken at the Council Meeting in Monaco in November.
2009 World Cross Country Championships: France
2009 World Road Running Championships: Austria and Ukraine
2010 World Indoor Championships: Turkey and Qatar
2010 World Race Walking Cup: France, New Zealand and Mexico
2007 Osaka IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Council approved the amended list of Implements, including “personal” implements
2008 Valencia IAAF World Indoor Championships
The timetable was accepted, pending agreement of EBU, as well as the entry standards.
Council agreed the International Race Walking Judges for IAAF WAS Competitions for the period 2008-2010
Council agreed to appoint three new members on the IAAF Road Race Commission:
Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR)
Hugh Jones (GBR)
Paco Borao (ESP)