19 MAR 1997 General News

IAAF Council meets in Turin on eve of World Cross Country Championships

P ALIGN="JUSTIFY">MONACOMonte CarloThe Council of the International Amateur Athletic Federation has its first meeting of 1997 at the Hotel Principi di Piemonte in Turin on March 20-21, on the eve of the 25th edition of the IAAF-Pirelli World Cross Country Championships, which take place in the Valentino Park in the northern Italian city on March 23.

Among the range of subjects to be discussed are the choice of venues for the 1999 World Athletics Championships and the 1999 World Race Walking Cup. Among the candidates for the 7th edition of the World Championships, the biggest event on the IAAF competition calendar, are Helsinki (Finland), New Delhi (India), Seville (Spain) and Stanford (USA). The ballot will be conducted in the following way: if no venue has a majority of more than 50%, there will be a second vote with the last city from the first round no longer eligible. If necessary, this system will be employed until a third round ballot between the two remaining venues. The final choice of venue for the IAAF World Race Walking Cup will be made between Mezidon-Deauville (France) and Sydney (Australia).

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