IAAF Agrees to No False Start Rule, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

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The IAAF has voted to enforce a no false start rule for 2010. Good news is no global champs in 2010, so it gives sprinters a year to get used to the rule. TV directors and producers will be ecstatic, as four false starts could kill the drama in a TV sports show featuring our sport.

The other issue is going to have to be that the federation must be quite careful in changing equipment used in starting blocks and starting guns as well. One of the key issues in the past three world championships and Olympics has been the lack of familiarity with the equipment and the issues with starters, especially in early rounds.

Zero tolerance with false starts

BERLIN (GER): From January 2010 no false starts in sprints will be allowed in athletics. The 47th IAAF Congress approved the change of the rule (97 votes against 55 and 6 abstentions) so that already first false start will mean a disqualification. There is no global senior competition in 2010 and so athletes will be able to get used to it at meetings and continental events before next World Championships in 2011 in Daegu. Tuvalu was officially accepted as 213th IAAF member country confirming that athletics is the biggest sport in the world in terms of member countries.

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