17 SEP 2001 General News

Dates approved for World Athletics Series Events

New dates approved for future World Series Events
IAAF Release

30 July 2001 - Edmonton - Canada - Meeting in the Hotel MacDonald, the IAAF Council declared their satisfaction with a final report from representatives of the Local Organising Committee regarding the staging of the 8th edition of the World Championships and reviewed final preparations for the 43rd IAAF Congress that opens tomorrow night at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton.

Council decided to recommend to Congress, in agreement with the Technical Committee that, in races up to 400m, 1 false start will be allowed but that any athlete subsequently false starting will be disqualified immediately.

Congress will also be advised to introduce this rule only in 2003, to allow an experimentation period for athletes and officials.

It was also agreed that there should be no recommendation from Council regarding the number of attempts in vertical jumps. However, both Council and the Technical Committee will support the proposal to extend the possibility of reducing the number of attempts in horizontal jumps and throws which currently applies to international matches.

A number of date changes for future IAAF competitions were approved. It was agreed that the 2002 World Cup in Athletics will take place in Madrid on Friday and Saturday, 20-21 September, and because the track can accommodate it, Spain will participate as the 9th team.

Council confirmed that the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada, would take place on 10-13 July and the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Paris on 22-31 August.

A new date of 23-24 March for the 2002 World Cross Country Championships in Dublin was also approved.

In other business, transfers of allegiance were approved for Aleksey Kurdenko - from Belarus to Russia, Lamssini El Hassan - from Morocco to France, Ismail Sghyr - from Morocco to France. After requests from many developing athletic nations, Council has agreed that technical delegates would have the power to approve the participation of non-qualified athletes in field events as well as running events.

Following the resignation of Sheikh Khalid bin Thani Al Thani from the IAAF Council, the Asian Amateur Athletic Association will designate a new Area Representative at its extraordinary assembly tomorrow.