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News From Around the the World: EME NEWS (Aug 2, 2017)

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By Alfons Juck
Spectacular championships
LONDON (GBR): "These championships will be spectacular. They have the highest qualification standards, the largest number of athletes competing and the greatest number of tickets sold. London will be the biggest IAAF World Championships ever," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said. Highlighting the opening of IAAF Congress was the presentation of The IAAF's Golden Order of Merit, the global governing body's highest award, to Britain's distance running great Brendan Foster for his major contributions to the advancement of athletics. The evening also included the presentation of the IAAF's Plaque of Merit to six distinguished members of the global athletics family who have made enormous career long contributions to the success and the development of the sport Fumihiro Yamasawa of Japan, Aleck Skhosana from South Africa, Wilfredys Leon from Venezuela, Clemens Prokop from Germany, Reynold O´Neal from British Virgin Islands and Fletcher McEwen from Australia.
Media rights agreement until 2023
LONDON (GBR): The IAAF has reached a new, multi-year agreement with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and ESPN Media Distribution for the sale and distribution of a broad collection of media rights, including the next three IAAF World Championships and IAAF World Indoor Championships, and more than a dozen other competitions in the IAAF World Athletics Series until 2023. The agreement includes the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, the 2021 IAAF World Championships in Eugene, USA and the 2023 IAAF World Championships as well as the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, UK and the 2020 and 2022 IAAF World Indoor Championships. The agreement takes effect from 1 January 2018.
Discussions about the future
LONDON (GBR): IAAF Congress delegates and other stakeholders took part in the first IAAF Athletics Connect event on Wednesday. The themes were Governance and Integrity, Development and Coaching, Event Presentation and Technology and Fan and Partner Engagement. The event was hosted by Ato Boldon and Katharine Merry with many interesting outcomes for the bright and fresh future of athletics.
World records new proposal
LONDON (GBR): European Athletics has backed down on proposals which would have seen all world records set before 2005 scrapped. EA president Svein Arne Hansen told insidethegames: "We did too little consultation beforehand. We have to listen to criticism from people like Jonathan (Edwards) and Paula (Radcliffe)." Hansen mentioned that amendments to proposals could include the notion that records set before out-of-competition testing started in 1991 be thrown out. However, Radcliffe, though relieved that her 2003 world marathon mark appears now safe, told ITG she did not support en-masse annulment of world records based on dates. "Yes you are getting rid of some of the suspect records but it's better to investigate those ones rather than just throw out innocent ones with them," she said. "It's better to focus on the investment so, that going forward, we have the correct testing in place. Can we really guarantee that a world record set in 2015 is cleaner than one from 1988?" The updated proposal should be presented to IAAF Council in November.
Friday start lists published
LONDON (GBR): Startlists for day one of the World Championships on Friday have been published at Caster Semenya goes in the same heat as world record-holder Genzebe Dibaba in the first of three 1500 m heats. In the 100 m preliminary round 10.02 athlete Ramon Gittens is the fastest of the 28 athletes seeking to qualify from the prelims to join those given a bye in the heats. There will be 14 sprinters to advance from the preliminary round to 6 first round heats. This 48 sprinters are composed by 32 qualifyers plus 2 area champions and 14 from preliminary round. So far known qualiyfing standards are 64.50 in men discus, 805 in men long jump and 460 in women pole vault.
OTTAWA (CAN): CBC Sport will present exclusive coverage in Canada of the World Championships, offering late-afternoon and primetime TV coverage, plus live digital streaming. “CBC Sports is honoured to be named the exclusive Canadian home for this prestigious event, and we look forward to offering audiences extensive coverage with live afternoon and primetime shows,” said Greg Stremlaw, CBC Sports executive director.
LONDON (GBR): London 2017 has launched #BeTheNext social media hashtag in the hope of inspiring the next generation to follow in the footsteps of athletes, officials and volunteers. New Usain Bolt and Mo Farah emojis have also appeared on Twitter. The ‘Lightning Bolt’ emoji will automatically follow “#BeTheNext” when typed on the social media platform, while “#mofarah” will produce a subsequent ‘Mobot’. The #BeTheNext campaign has been promoted by a video supported by Mo Farah, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, Colin Jackson, Jonathan Edwards, Adam Gemili and Lorraine Ugen.
LONDON (GBR): The Queen has turned down an invitation to appear at the World Championshps, the Telegraph has reported. The newspaper says she was among those extended invites to attend, but Her Majesty will not be interrupting her summer holiday.
INDIANAPOLIS (USA): USA Track and Field has promoted the #NothingIsImpossible fundraising campaign in support of the fight against cancer, urging fans donate money for each medal American athletes win at the World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): Ezekiel Kemboi has “promised” to finish his career with another podium finish at the World Championships, informs the Daily Nation. “I promised to sign off with a podium place in London after my bronze medal was taken away at Rio Olympics. The competition will be between ourselves. Our rivals pose no major threat,” he said.
LONDON (GBR): Joint European 100m record-holder Jimmy Vicaut is not sure what shape he is in ahead of the World Championships having not raced since the Oslo Diamond League due to injury, informs L’Equipe. “It would have been nice if those championships were a week later, but we decided to take the risk. When I got hurt on June 15, I thought it was over. But the MRI that I took allowed me to see that we could hope. I did everything to be here. I do not know what my level is, I have not run for a long time, we will see on Friday how it goes. But if the feelings were not good, my trainer Dimitri Demoniere would have said ‘let’s go on holiday," he said.
LONDON (GBR): German record-holder Julian Reus will only contest the 100m individually at the World Championships, informs
LONDON (GBR): Angelica Bengtsson is still struggling with a hand injury ahead of the World Championships and arrived in London with her right hand taped, informs the Expressen. However, her physiotherapist Tommy Erkisson has said it shouldn’t bother her too much and he expects her to challenge for a medal in the pole vault.
LONDON (GBR): Ines Henriques is aiming to lower her world record in the 50km walk in the inaugural staging of the event at the World Championships, informs the Record. Henriques holds the record at 4:08:26.
LONDON (GBR): Nigerian triple jumper Tosin Oke has been cleared to compete in the triple jump at the World Championships, informs This Day Live. The IAAF confirmed Oke’s eligibility by virtue of the face he is the reigning area champion following his win in the African Championships last year.
KYIV (UKR): 400m Rio Olympics finalist Olha Zemlyak and reigning 60m European silver medallist Olesya Povkh were excluded from Ukrainian national team for London Worlds due to the disciplinary procedures started by the IAAF.
PRAHA (CZE): Javelin World record holder Barbora Spotakova said before travelling to London this might be her last World championships. Spotakova did not confirm she will even continue in 2018. That will be decided after London.
BRATISLAVA (SVK): Fastest Slovak ever Jan Volko travelled to London as the top interesting name in the small Slovak team. "This something I was only dreaming about. And to advance from any round is also a dream," he said. Now it is known he will also contest the preliminary round in the 100 m, that means he will have most probably one more race comparing to his plan.
LOS ANGELES (USA): A public opinion poll has support for Los Angeles’ hosting of the 2028 Olympics at 83%, reports insidethegames. Conducted last month, the Loyola Marymount University poll preceded news of LA’s intention to host the Games in 11 years’ time, leaving rival Paris the 2024 event. A formal agreement between the two cities and the International Olympic Committee is expected to be reached at the IOC Session in Lima, Peru, in September.
GLASGOW (GBR): Organisers of the Glasgow 2018 Commonwealth Games have introduced its official mascot as Bonnie the seal.
BERLIN (GER): Thomas Rohler and Johannes Vetter will go head-to-head again on home soil at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin on 27 August, informs
LONDON (GBR): British sprinter Dwain Chambers has officially announced his retirement. “It's about that time folks! Proud to say I've officially retired from international athletics. It's been a blast and I couldn't have done it without your support!!” he said on Instagram. Chambers won a bronze medal in the 100m at the 1999 World Championships but failed a drug test in 2003 and was stripped of his 2002 European title.
TAIPEI (TPE): More than 7700 athletes in different sports are set to take part in the World University Games in Taipei from 19-30 August, informs
MOSCOW (RUS): Six athletes were banned by Russian athletics federation due to the anti-doping rules violations. The London Olympics sample of the triple jump European indoor champion 2005 Viktoriya Gurova (Valyukevich) was positive for banned substance after re-testing. The 35-year-old athlete, who doesn’t perform since 2015, was banned for two years. All her results from 05 August 2012 until 04 August 2014 including 8th place at London Olympics were cancelled. Long distance runner Yuliya Smirnova, 400m hurdler Ivan Khudyakov, race walker Zilya Garipova, 1500m runner Yekterina Doseykina and steeplechaser Lyubov Kharlamova (Ivanova) are also in the list of the banned athletes.
WACO (USA): 2004 Olympic winner at 400 m Jeremy Wariner has retired. “Last year, I was 100% dedicated to running and I made a couple sacrifices to try and make one more Olympics. Because of these injuries, toward the end of my career, running became a routine and it wasn’t fun anymore,” Wariner says. “I knew deep down that I still had it but I was just doing so much to try and stay healthy that I was fatiguing. My body just wasn’t recovering. That’s when I knew the 44s and 43s were long gone.” Informs
NAIROBI (KEN): A row over holding elections to choose a new executive for the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) looks like it may finally be resolved. Informs insidethegames. The KTA (taekwondo) have now agreed to drop the case after NOCK agreed to allow them to participate in the election. The High Court in Nairobi had yesterday urged NOCK and KTA to reach an out-of-court settlement. It is hoped that a new date to hold the elections will be agreed later this week. Paul Tergat is the candidate for the top position.
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