Nassau, Bahamas, 1 May 2015 IAAF Presidential Candidate Seb Coe has called for Athletics to embrace innovation and respond to social, economic and technological changes for the sport to reach its full potential and grow globally. Speaking ahead of the second edition of the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas, Coe pledged to position Athletics at the forefront of the drive to engage and inspire young people into the sport.
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Banks, a Carlsbad resident and former world record holder in the triple jump, was a member of the USA Track & Field Board of Directors for six years until his term expired in October.
Welcome to the first 2015 issue of California Track & Running News. We’ll publish five print and five digital issues this year. The print issues will start out at 16 pages and the print digital issues (beginning with the April issue) will be 32 pages.
IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka has announced that he will stand as a candidate for the role of IAAF President. Legendary pole vaulter Bubka has served for the past 15 years in various senior positions at the IAAF, IOC (currently EC member) and Ukrainian National Olympic Committee (currently president). On making the announcement, he said:
“I am seeking the IAAF Presidency to give something back to the world of athletics which has given so many opportunities to me throughout my life. I have been honoured to serve athletics alongside Lamine Diack, with my colleagues and friends. Now that Mr. Diack has decided to step down as President, I wish to build upon the progress achieved by the IAAF under his leadership to ensure that the sport of athletics and its governing body are world-class and an example to others with regard to governance, transparency and ethics. We also need to provide greater grassroots support to inspire the next generation of athletes; we need to better engage with young people and build new audiences; and we need to ensure protection of clean sport.” The elections will be held in August during IAAF Congress. The other candidate who so far announced to go for the president post is legendary middle distance runner and also current IAAF Vice President Sebastian Coe.
The IAAF has released a statement following the announcement that five high profile Russian walkers have been handed doping bans. “All athletes were caught under the IAAF Athlete Biological Passport programme (ABP) although, as per IAAF Rules, the cases are sent to the Russian Federation (ARAF) for adjudication. The IAAF is satisfied that we have found aggravating circumstances
Norcross, GA. (January 5, 2015) – Mizuno USA, a global leader in sports apparel, footwear and equipment, announced today the appointment of Mark Sheehan as Vice President - Product Management, Running Division. Sheehan will report to Dick Lyons, Senior VP/GM – Product Divisions.
Atlanta Track Club & Mizuno USA sign historic "integrated marketing " agreement: What it means to the sportWritten by Super User
In an announcement with far-reaching consequences, the Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno, one of the largest sports product manufacturers in the world, have reached a long term agreement for Mizuno to sponsor all facets of the Atlanta Track Club, its events and its merchandise. These programs include daily fitness programs, an elite development program through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as well as the official apparel and footwear designation for the iconic AJC Peachtree Road Race. The term, "fully-integrated" does apply to this announcement.
Gala this year in Chapiteau
MONTE CARLO (MON): New place for the prestigious annual World Athletics Gala. On Friday November 21 it will be staged in the Le Chapiteau de l'Espace Fontvieille. The highlight of the evening will of course be the announcement of the 2014 male and female World Athletes of the Year, with the winners being presented with their trophies live on stage. The Gala, which will be attended by a glittering array of present and former champions, will also give the global athletics family the opportunity to honour other outstanding achievements within the sport via further awards including the latest induction into the IAAF Hall of Fame. In the week leading up to the Gala, the IAAF Council will meet for its autumn session during which among many important discussions and decisions, the host city of the 2019 IAAF World Championships will be decided. Informs the IAAF.
J. Williams thinks 240
EUGENE (USA): 2011 World high jump champion Jesse Williams was encouraged by the 2014 season, one in which he started with only being able to jump 190 in training and finished with a SB of 229, report portlandtrack.com. A tear of his anterior tibiofibular ligament in May 2013 put him out of action for quite some time, so the main goal for 2014 was to get back to being 100% healthy. Now that he has achieved this, he wants to join the 240 club, something that would also being along the American record, which currently stands at 240. To do this he wants to drop 10 pounds from his current weight of 183 pounds. His main goal for 2015 is to jump a PB (currently 237) or take attempts at a PB at the World Championships.