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IAAF clears Haron Lagat to run for United States

Kenyan born Haron Kiptoo is among eight athletes who have been cleared to represent new countries in two months since the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council approved new transfer of allegiance rules.

Five athletes have had their transfer of allegiance requests approved and three have had their eligibility for their new countries determined.

It comes after the IAAF established the role of their nationality review panel (NRP) and worked out the requirements for athletes who wish to represent a new IAAF member federation.

Since the new rules were approved, the NRP has received 14 complete transfer requests in all, some of which are still under review, the IAAF said.

The new rules in question require a three-year waiting period before an athlete can transfer to a new country and sufficient evidence that those countries are offering full citizenship and associated rights.

No athlete can transfer before the age of 20 and none can transfer more than once.

All of the eight athletes in question can now represent their new countries, with the exception of former Cuban Pedro Pablo Pichardo, who will have to wait until August 1, 2019 to represent Portugal.

Those who can already represent their new nations are Rai Benjamin, from Antigua and Barbuda to the United States, Mike Edwards, from Great Britain to Nigeria, Patrick Ike Origa, from Nigeria to Spain, and Leon Reid, from Britain to Ireland.

Those who have been declared eligible for new countries are Lagat for the US, Miranda Tcheutchoua for Ireland and Weldu Negash Gebretsadik for Norway.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe said the rules were updated “for the specific purpose” of protecting athletes from any abuses “that occurred under the previous system”.

The IAAF had long been concerned that athletes from African countries such as Kenya, where the depth of middle and long distance running talent is so great, were moving to earn international appearances – and often healthy salaries – for other countries.

The 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam saw numerous “allegiance transfer” athletes figuring in the medals, most notably from Turkey, whose team included seven Kenyans, two Jamaicans, one Ethiopian, one Cuban, one South African, one Azerbaijani and one Ukrainian.

IAAF told to investigate how widespread abuse and harassment of athletes is

Athletics chiefs have been told to investigate how widespread the abuse and harassment of competitors is.

The IAAF Council has approved a position statement on protecting athletes as part of an ongoing athlete welfare campaign.

It comes after more than 500 teenage athletes were surveyed at the World Under-20 Championships in July.

The resulting preliminary findings found the incidence is “in line” with the wider community.

“The first thing we need to do is establish how big an issue this is within the sport,” said Dr Paolo Emilio Adami, medical manager of the IAAF’s health and science department.

“It would be neglecting the reality if we concluded that these events are not happening in sport because an individual’s behaviour tends to be consistent across all parts of their life.”

The results of the athlete survey will be presented to the IAAF Council in December.

Ksh1.5Billion to Kickstart Nairobi 2020 Preparations

Hardly 24 hours after Kenya was awarded the 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships, the Kenyan government allocated Ksh1.5 Billion to jumpstart preparations of the event.

Sports and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa said there’s not time to waste and that’s they are moving with speed and precision to ensure Kenya stages a world class event in Nairobi.

Addressing the press in his office in Nairobi, Echesa said the Steering Committee will be constituted next month to start preparations which will pave way for the formation of the Local Organising Committee.

The IAAF World U20 Championships Nairobi 2020 have been scheduled for July 7-12, 2020, after Nairobi’s candidacy was formally endorsed by the IAAF Council in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, July 26th 2018.

Last year, Kenya hosted the final edition of the IAAF World Under-18 Championships at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasaran in Nairobi. The event drew huge crowds with IAAF commending the country for the well-attended competition.

Echesa said the success of the 2020 World under 20 Athletics Championships will give Kenya the much needed impetus and confidence of bidding for the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

“We started with the World under 18 now the under 20 event from there we shall be ripe to host the senior’s championships. We have shown that we are capable to host smaller events, and it has now reached a time when we should host big competitions,” said Echesa.

The Cabinet Secretary said Kenya became the first African nation to win the world championship in Beijing in 2015, adding that it is only fitting that Kenya should be the first country to bring the World championships to Africa.

The Qatari capital of Doha is set to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships before Eugene, Oregon, in USA stages the 2021 edition as Budapest, Hungary  plays host in 2023.

The world governing athletics body IAAF is pushing to have Africa stage the 2025 World Athletics Championships.

Last year, Hamad Malboum Kalkaba, President of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), claimed in a statement, released following a meeting with IAAF President Sebastian Coe in Rabat, he believed that Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa all had the potential to stage the IAAF World Championships in 2025.

Budapest favorite as host city for 2023 World Championships

A city in Europe is due to be recommended to host the 2023 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships later this month.

Budapest is among around three cities that have supposedly expressed serious interest.

The Hungarian capital is still considered the favorite at this stage.

As part of a new and more informal process for selecting host cities, the IAAF have not undergone any structured bidding process for their showpiece event and do not plan to announce official candidates.

They hope to be in a position where one city will be proposed at the Council meeting in Buenos Aires on July 26 and 27.

If this idea is approved by the Council, the choice will be publicly announced.

The chosen city would not, however, be formally approved as host until later this year, with another Council meeting in November currently considered the most likely timeframe for a final decision.

Barcelona is another city that has been rumoured to be interested.

It is possible that some contenders will not get the nod for the World Championships but could be recommended for other IAAF events.

Doha in Qatar is due to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships before Eugene in United States follows suit in 2021.

This will mark the first time consecutive editions of the biennial event have been held outside Europe.

A host in Africa is widely expected to be found for the 2025 edition.


South African Government to appeal on new IAAF ruling which could jeopardise Semenya’s career

The South African Government are reportedly planning to lobby other African countries as they prepare to fight against the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) ruling regarding testosterone levels in female athletes, which could mean double Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya is barred from competing.

The new regulations, which the IAAF Council approved in March and are set to be implemented in November, state that female athletes who have a Difference of Sexual Development (DSD) with circulating testosterone levels of five nmol/L or above and who are androgen-sensitive, such as Semenya, must meet certain criteria in order to compete at international level.

Such athletes may now be forced to take medication to reduce their testosterone levels to remain eligible to compete.

These rules for DSD athletes apply to those competing in races between 400m and the mile and combined events involving these distances.

However, 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles are exempt, as are races over one mile and field events.

Semenya has reacted to the news by posting a series of cryptic messages on Twitter, including one that says “I am 97 per cent sure you don’t like me, but I’m 100 per cent sure I don’t care”.

South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) party compared the new regulation to Apartheid-era policies and the South African Government are now said to be considering their options and are likely to lobby other African countries for support.

It has also been reported that the Government intends to contest the matter at the highest level of sport with the possibility of a case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport said to be on the cards.

ports Minister Tokozile Xasa confirmed that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with Semenya, winner of Commonwealth Games gold medals in the 800m and 1500m at Gold Coast 2018, in the near future to discuss the issue.

“We want to brief the president that we are challenging the international platform,” she said according to Times Live.

“We want a position as South Africa to challenge this regulation.

“Caster has been winning.

“She has not been representing herself, she represents our country.

“We hope to look at other African countries.

“We will approach them and we must also get their support.

“It is not only directed  at us, it is going to impact other athletes coming from Africa, nowhere else.”

There have also been calls for the South African Olympic Committee (SASCOC), whose President Gideon Sam is on record as saying his organisation are “disappointed by the IAAF ruling”, to challenge the ruling.

As reported by Eyewitness News, Onicca Moli, a member of the Limpopo Sports’ Executive Committee, has urged SASCOC to do so immediately.

“They should immediately challenge these lousy regulations with the Court of Arbitration for Sport because, clearly, the IAAF is a megalomaniac bully that will stop at nothing to humiliate our golden girl,” she said.

Semenya hails from the Limpopo Province in the North East of the country.

In response to these reports, the IAAF told insidethegames: “Of course new sports rules and regulations can be challenged as they have always been through CAS.

“We stand ready to discuss our rules and regulations and the research and analysis that sits behind them with an organisation or individual if they would like to contact us.”

Support for Semenya has also come from outside of Africa.

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, who won an appeal at CAS in 2015 after being banned from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow after the Athletic Federation of India claimed her hyperandrogenism made her ineligible to compete as a female athlete, has labelled the IAAF’s recent decision as “wrong” and has offered legal help to Semenya.

The Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) have also spoken out against the ruling.

CCES President and chief executive Paul Melia said: “IAAF doesn’t place controls or limits on male athletes such as Usain Bolt or those who have genetic differences which may confer an advantage over others, in fact, they are typically celebrated.

“Women, on the other hand, are being scrutinized and forced to comply with policies that are arbitrary, overreaching and invasive.

“The sport community has a duty in this case to promote and protect inclusion and gender equity in sport at all levels.”

In a statement on their website, the CCES said: “The IAAF’s new policy also flies in the face of human rights, and particularly the various United Nations and International Olympic Committee undertakings that sport should be provided to all without discrimination of any kind.”

Source: insidethegames.biz