The beginning of October will mark the opening of the voting process for the 2014 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the International Athletics Foundation World Athletics Gala in Monaco on Friday 21 November 2014.
A list of 10 male and 10 female candidates will firstly be selected by an international panel of athletics experts* and announced by the IAAF.
An email poll involving the World Athletics Family** will then commence, closing on Thursday 16 October, midnight CET.
At the conclusion of the voting process, three male and three female finalists will be selected and announced by the IAAF.
The Council of the International Athletics Foundation will then select the male and female World Athletes of the Year from the finalists with the announcement of the winners taking place live on stage during a special ceremony during the 2014 World Athletics Gala.
*The international panel of athletics experts includes representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF
**World Athletics Family: IAAF & IAF Council members; IAAF national member federations; IAAF Committee & Commission members; IAAF meeting directors; IAAF athlete ambassadors; athletes’ representatives; top athletes; members of the international press; IAAF staff members and the IAAF’s official partners