President Lamine Diack has set the goal for the IAAF that at least one athlete of each Member Federation be capable of achieving the ‘B’ Qualification Standard for the World Championships in Athletics or the Olympic Games. This is an ambitious objective considering the level of the performances to be achieved and the fact that nearly half of the IAAF Member Federations have not yet achieved this level. Athletes deemed to have a chance to achieve the ‘B’ Standard in an event will be offered one of 3 programmes:
- Short Term programme - Those who are close to the set ‘B’ Standard objective could participate in short term preparation, usually accompanied by their personal coach (1 month duration).
- Medium Term programme - Designed for athletes who have the potential to achieve the ‘B’ Standard and need a better technical and environmental conditions (3 months duration).
- Long Term programme – Young Athletes (under 23) need longer time to achieve the ‘B’ Standard therefore the IAAF is offering this programme (one, or more, years duration). In all three programmes, the IAAF will ensure access to adequate facilities, coaching and competition.
You will find in the right hand side column a downloadable ‘pdf’ file with a detailed description of the ‘B’ Standard Programme, including Entry Standards and Application Form.
Please Note: Individual athletes, coaches or other interested parties should contact their National Federation for further information. Only IAAF Member Federations may make application for an athlete and National Federations will submit an application for those athletes who are deemed eligible.