IAAF Council Meetings in Monaco, 19 November 2014: Entry Standards for Beijing, Distance Medley replaces 4 x 1,500m, from EME News

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Beijing, August 2009

We will be in Beijing next summer. I am looking forward to returning. 2008 was an amazing Olympics, and I truly enjoyed my time in China. The official qualification standards for Beijing 2015 have been approved and the new website for Beijing 2015 has been opened! 

This week in Monaco proves to be quite busy! It was not enough to decide on the four championship venues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are full days of meetings, plus the Athletes of the Year on Friday and the IAAF Gala.  

IAAF COUNCIL 

MONACO (MON): IAAF Council approved the entry standards for the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015. The entry and participation principles have been thoroughly reviewed by the IAAF and a new qualification system has been introduced. The key element of the new system is that the IAAF shall establish the ideal number of athletes (and relay teams) to start in each event of the championships and shall ensure that such ideal numbers are met through a qualification system which, essentially, combines entry standards (only one standard) and invitations based on rankings.

MONACO (MON): During second day of IAAF Council meeting it was approved that the Distance Medley Relay will replace the 4x1500m relay at the 2015 IAAF World Relays early May in Bahamas. The application of South Sudan was judged to meet the requirements, as set out in Article 4.3 of the Constitution, and provisional IAAF Membership was granted to the South Sudan Athletics Federation, with full rights and obligations. New name was approved for the top walking event. In Cheboksary 2016 the Walking Cup will be named IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships. The Council approved the new location in Monaco of the IAAF Office. From early next year the IAAF will be based at: 6 & 8 quai Antoine Ier.

MONACO (MON): Doping control figures within the Doping Control Programme in 2014 (at the end of October 2014) showes that the In-Competition testing had total urine tests: 1597, including 668 EPO analyses. Out-of-Competition testing: total urine tests: 1721, including 634 EPO analyses.Pre-Competition testing: total 612 blood tests for ABP purposes. 

MONACO (MON): The IAAF has announced that the website of the LOC for the 2015 World Championships is now live at iaafbeijing2015.com. The website features information about the championships and about Beijing, the fourth Asian city to host the IAAF World Championships.

MONACO (MON): At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, finals will be held during the morning sessions of the athletics programme, inform IAAF. The last time this has occurred was at the Games of 1988. IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy explained, "Staging finals in the morning was done at the request of the Rio LOC and the Olympic Broadcasting Service, supported by the International Olympic Committee. Having finals in the morning will also ensure that we receive maximum visibility for athletics at the Olympics across all time zones." "There will be 13 finals in the mornings: the five road events (three race walks and two marathons) and also eight events in the stadium. "Out of those eight, there will be an even split between genders as well as between track and field events. "The first final in the morning will be the women's 10,000m on the opening day. We are obviously hoping that this will be an exciting race and set the tone for the whole of the athletics programme in Rio." There will be at least one final in each of the 6 morning sessions held at the Olympic stadium
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