IAAF To Cut the Budget, by Alfons Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Since the World Indoor Champs, rumors have continued to build over the challenges that the IAAF is facing in 2010. At the first Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar, President Diack went on the record stating that while there might be some challenging economic situations, the IAAF was not, as some had suggested, about to experience a financial collapse. On May 29, the IAAF announced $20 million in cuts from the budget.


MONTE CARLO (MON): The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is to cut its budget by $20 million through a combination of cuts and savings from a favourable exchange rate, the President Lamine Diack announced. Writes insidethegames.biz. The cuts are expected to come from all departments in the IAAF, such as spending reductions in travel and phone costs. Diack made the announcement after the executive board (composed of president, vice-presidents and treasurer) meeting. Next council meeting is planned for August 8 in Kyiv, Ukraine.







SOCHI (RUS, May 27-28): At Russian Team Championships Olga Kucherenko leaped to world leading 713 (+2.0) in long jump. It is also her lifetime best. Second Latvian guest Ineta Radevica (665) and third reigning European Champion Lyudmila Kolchanova (662). Yulia Katsura posted European leading 100 m with 11.22 (+1.7) ahead of Anna Gurova (11.24). In other women races Natalya Antyukh won the 200 m (23.03) and Kseniya Zadorina the 400 m (51.07). Experienced Yelena Zadorozhnaya won the 5000 m (15:30.55). Solid also 55.84 of Natalya Ivanova at 400 m hurdles, 14.39 in triple jump for Natalya Kutyakova and 65.01 in discus by olympic winner 2004 Natalya Sadova. Best male result was 233 by Aleksandr Shustov in high jump what means that he equalled the world lead of Dusty Jonas and is of course European mark of the 2010. Second Beijing gold medalist Andrey Silnov cleared 230 for first time since 2008. Olympic and world discus finalist Bogdan Pishchalnikov improved to excellent 67.23 personal best. In other throws Anton Lyuboslavskiy achieved 20.04 (shot put) and Igor Vinichenko 78.13 (hammer). Ivan Tukhtachev registered great middle distances double after 1:47.00 and 3:40.04. Vladimir Krasnov clocked 45.72 to win the 400 m.


YALTA (UKR, May 27-29): Excellent marks at Ukrainian Cup meet. European leaders of the season by Natalya Lupu at 800 m (1:59.59), Olha Saladukha in triple jump (14.78, +0.6), multiple terrain champion Sergiy Lebid with 7:47.35 at 3000 m and relay team 3:30.61 in the women 4x400 m. Oleksandr Pyatnytsa achieved new Ukrainian record in javelin with 84.11. Ihor Bodrov clocked 20.61 (+0.7) in the 200 m, Viktor Kuznetsov leaped to good 17.32 (+1.4) in triple jump, Andriy Semenov got 20.20 in shot put, European U23 medalist Ivan Hryshyn improved to 63.27 in discus. In women events Yelizaveta Bryzgina clocked 22.98 (-0.7) at 200 m, Antonina Yefremova 51.36 at 400 m and Anna Mishchenko 4:09.36 in the 1500 m. Anastasiya Rabchenyuk won the 400 m hurdles in 55.46 beating Anna Yaroshchuk who bettered her PB to 55.98. Vita Styopina cleared 192 in high jump, Viktoriya Rybalko achieved windy 677 (+2.3) in long jump and Vira Rebryk got 61.87 in javelin.


YALTA (UKR, May 27-28): Ukrainian combined events national titles for Yevhen Nikitin in decathlon (7806) and Inna Akhozova in heptathlon (5849).


UBERLANDIA (BRA): Fourth meet of Brazilian May Tour in Uberlandia registered an unexpected win of Josanne Lucas from Trinidad at 400 m hurdles (55.25) over Olympic and world champion Melaine Walker (55.90) who was third. Second Nickeisha Wilson of Jamaica achieved 55.68. World indoor champion Dwain Chambers won the men's 100 m with 10.19 sec running into a headwind of 3.2 m/s. Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas finished second (10.27) and Leroy Dixon of the US third (10.31). Alian Pompey of Guyana won the women's 400m in 52.01 to finish ahead of Christine Amertil of Bahamas who was second in 52.31 seconds. Lashauntea Moore clocked 11.48 (-2.1) to win the 100 m. Xavier Carter was the best over 200 m (20.86, -3.3) and Davide Kleberson was the best in the 800 m (1:45.58). World champion Philips Idowu did not jump, when he felt a small cramp during the warm-up. Cuban winner Alexis Copello leaped to 16.76 (-2.2). The tour will end on Sunday in Maringa.


HAIFA (ISR, May 26): New high jump national record at Israeli Grand Prix meet as Ma´ayan Foreman cleared 188 cm.


TAIPEI (TPE, May 28-29): Jamaican relay olympic winner Michael Frater clocked 10.14 (+0.1) to win the Taipei Open International Meet. In discus duel Poland´s Piotr Malachowski beat German world champion Robert Harting (67.81-65.78). In Saturday programme two good Polish wins. Oly champ Tomasz Majewski was the best in shot put (20.45) and Sylwester Bednarek in high jump (226). Kenyan Bernard Mbugua achieved in a solo steeple race 8:25.87. World champion Valerie Vili was the best in women shot put (20.24).


NIJMEGEN (NED, May 26): At running meet fast 5000 m by Kenyan Gideon Kipketer 13:15.77 ahead of his team-mate Vincent Yator (13:16.05). As 12th Jesper Van der Wielen clocked new Dutch junior record 13:50.43. In the 1500 m races the winners were Almensch Belete 4:13.61 and Benjamin Kiplagat 3:41.29.


JOGEVA (EST, May 27): Estonian circuit Big Bank Kuldliiga started with first leg. Taavi Peetre achieved 20.17 in shot put and Ainars Kovals 80.51 with javelin.


DESSAU (GER, May 28): European Athletics Classic Meetings circuit started with 12th edition of „Anhalt" meet in Dessau. The sensation of the evening was the 800 m win by Fabienne Kohlmann in 2:00.72 who clearly beat olympic champion Pamela Jelimo of Kenya (2:02.28). Another sensation in women javelin as Linda Stahl (62.65) beat olympic medalist and world leader Mariya Abakumova from Russia (62.04). On the men side Ari Mannio of Finland won the javelin (82.00) beating Latvian Vadim Vasilevskis (81.20). Local hero Raul Spank was second in high jump (221) and beaten by 2007 world champion Donald Thomas (224). Raphael Holzdeppe cleared 550 to win the pole vault. Nicholas Kemboi was the best over 1500 m (3:38.29). US Ryan Fontenot was the best at 110 m hurdles (13.58, +0.1). Briton Marlon Devonish won the 200 m (20.87, +0.3) and was second in the 100 m (10.34, 0.0). Nigerian Egwero Ogho-Oghene won in 10.30.


GREENSBORO (USA, May 27-28): NCAA Regional East meet saw some excellent marks. Johnny Dutch clocked 48.12 in the 400 m hurdles (second fastest of the year). Jeff Demps achieved 10.06 (+1.3) in his race, faster was Marcus Rowland with 10.04 in other race, but was aided by +2.4. Calvin Smith jr. posted 45.06 in his race over Belgian Kevin Borlee (45.28). Tavaris Tate was the best in next race (45.05) and young Kirani James of Grenada in the third one (45.17). Bermudan Aaron Evans achieved 1:46.26 in the 800 m what is also new national record. Jamaican Samantha Henry was the best in sprints (11.18, +1.1 and 22.99, -0.6). Ti´erra Brown clocked 54.74 in the 400 m hurdles opening rounds. Qualifiers will have finals at NCAA Championships in Eugene (June 9-12).


AUSTIN (USA, May 27-28): Ryan Whiting improved in the shot put in the NCAA West Regional competition to 21.83. It is also second best mark of the year. Impressive 804 (+0.8) long jump lifetime best for world indoor heptathlon record holder Ashton Eaton. Jeshua Anderson clocked 48.65 in the 400 m hurdles. Andrew Wheating was timed at 1:46.44 in 800 m. Bahamian Demetrius Pinder improved to 44.93 at 400 m, Curtis Mitchell achieved also PB in 200 m 20.27 (+0.1). Porscha Lucas was the fastest in women sprint with 11.18 (+0.5) and 22.98 (+0.6). Jessica Beard as the fastest in the 400 m achieved 51.35. Qualifiers will have finals at NCAA Championships in Eugene (June 9-12).







OSTRAVA (CZE): Sold out City Stadium (22 000) saw another succesfull (49th) edition of the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting. Six world leading marks (men 100, 300, 3000, javelin, women 10 000, hammer), three meet records (100, 300, 3000). Also 7 European leading marks were registered. In official 100 yards splits 9.07 and 9.09 by Asafa Powell and 10.15 by Shelly-Ann Fraser were all-time world bests. Yevgeniya Polyakova achieved European all-time best 10.45. The impressive 13.12 by Dayron Robles is one of the fastest times ever in pouring rain. Specially men´s 110 m hurdles and women 100 m were held in the strongest rain. The results all sprinters would be able to achieve in good weather remained as not fulfilled dream of the organizers. After the event which is broadcasted in more than 130 countries world-wide journalists asked what is missing that the meet is not included in the IAAF Diamond League. Golden Spike meet director legendary Jan Zelezny was able to answer: „We always stated we wanted to be part of it. For the first year we were not invited, but we are remaining hopeful for the future. The financial guarantees are available, great spectators, media interest and mainly top stars like Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell or Dayron Robles like our event and we hope they will be returning. We do not have too many arguments to offer why we are not invited. I can only guess it is because the series wants to be world-wide and cannot have too many European events even when there are differences in quality of some aspects. On the other hand the Central and Eastern part of Europe which produces high quality athletes is not represented in the circuit. Our excellent spectators who remained in the non-covered stands despite the rain until the end deserve my big thank you."







ATHENS (GRE): The European Classic outdoor meet planned for June 30 to Thessaloniki was moved to the city of Patra.


SAN FRANCISCO (USA): San Francisco's Bay to Breakers road race was stripped of main sponsor ING.


OSLO (NOR): Men's Shot Put finally returns to the EXXON Mobil Bislett Games in Oslo, June4, after 10 years of silence. This will be the second men's Shot Put competition in the IAAF Diamond League series. All top throwers including world champion Christian Cantwell, olympic gold medalist Tomasz Majewski. Informs iaaf.org.


PORT OF SPAIN (TRI): Reigning Commonwealth bronze medallist Cleopatra Borel-Brown wants to win in the women's shot put at the 2010 Commonwealth Games set for New Delhi, India from October 3rd to 14th. "The goal for this year is to bring another Commonwealth medal back to Trinidad and Tobago," said for TrackAlerts.


CAPE TOWN (RSA): Caster Semenya is not banned from competition, Athletics South Africa (ASA) has made it clear. But she is still waiting for her gender verification tests from IAAF, which are not expected until June. She has not competed since winning a gold medal at the Berlin world championships. Her coach said that the meet on June 24 is canceled but she said for Reuters: „I'm still training every day. Every athlete wants a gold at the Olympics, and that's still my goal."


CANBERRA (AUS): Five athletes have been added to the list of nominations to the Australian athletics team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, in October. Marathon runners Lisa Flint, Martin Dent, Jeff Hunt and Michael Shelley will join Lisa Weightman, who earned automatic nomination to the team at the IAAF world championships in Berlin. Informs athletics.com.au.


HENGELO (NED): South African Rene Kalmer will pace Ethiopian Meseret Defar, the second fastest woman ever over 5 000m, in a world record attempt at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, in Hengelo, May 30. „There will be two pace makers, and the first girl will take us through 1 000m, or 1 500m if she can. Then I'm taking Defar through the 2 000m mark, said Kalmer for supersport.com. Olympic winner Pamela Jelimo was the latest addition into the women 800 m field.


KAMPALA (UGA): Moses Kipsiro confirmed that he will make his debut at the IAAF Diamond League in Rome after missing in Qatar and Shanghai. Informs allafrica.com.


LONDON (GBR): The 2012 organizing committee aims at involving young people into the Olympic movement as they plan the route of the Olympic Torch relay. For the next 70 days a total of 8,000 torch bearers will help the flame around the UK before reaching its final destination, London, the weekend before the 2012 Games begin on July 27. London 2012 is committed to making sure at least 50 percent of the 4000 torch bearers are under the age of 24. The route is planned only within the UK and not internationally to avoid problems with protesters, as happened in 2008 writes insidethegames.biz.


SPLIT (CRO): The mascot for the IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup was unveiled during a kids athletics event in Split writes iaaf.org. The mascot is named Marino and will help promote the event held in Split on September 4th and 5th.


LONDON (GBR):Margaret Ford, the chair of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), confirmed the future of the Olympic Stadium should be finalised by the end of the year and that the final decision will be based on more than who can generate the most income writes insidethegames.biz. A number of different sports have shown interest in using the Olympic stadium post-Games. Ford made clear the decision will not solely depend on who brings the most money as the OPLC will also look into what the tenants will do on subjects such as helping the local community or sustaining the environment.


ROME (ITA): The Italian athletics federation has announced its team for the European cup 10 000m in Marseille on June 5th. Three athletes have been selected for the men's team and four on the women's team.







SOFIA (BUL, May 26): The 100 m times were not confirmed as automatic. That means no national record for Turkey as informed in EME NEWS on May 27. Also the time of Vania Stambolova was confirmed as 22.7 hand timed.


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