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Bhubaneswar (IND) to host 22nd Asian Athletics Championship 2017 - 86th AAA Council meeting

Bangkok, 30 March 2017 : Asian Athletics Association council members gathered in Bangkok for the 86th AAA Council meeting hosted by Thailand Athletics Association on March 30. Council session was inaugurated by Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. Gen. Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of Asian Athletics Association presented AAA Plaque to Gen. Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand for supporting Asian Athletics events.

After detailed presentation by Mr. Adille Sumariwalla, President of Athletics Federation of India, AAA Council confirmed Bhubaneswar (IND) as a host of 22nd Asian Athletics Championship to be held from July 6-9 at newly refurbished Kalinga Stadium. Earlier in 2016, Ranchi was awarded as host. However, recently AFI informed AAA about Ranchi's inability to host the championship.

Council also confirmed Dongguan City of Guangdong province in China as a host of 16th Asian Marathon Championship to be held on 26th November 2017. Bangkok will host 2nd Asian Youth Athletics Championship from May 20-23, 2017. 

AAA Council also confirmed Bhubaneswar as next venue for the 87th AAA Council and AAA Congress.

Kim Hyunsub of Korea and Wang NA of China emerged champions in Asian 20km race walking

Nomi, Japan( 19th March) Every time Kim Hyun-Sub arrived in Nomi (Japan) to compete in Asian walking championship, he has always achieved podium position as well as an improvement in the Korean record but this time he could not break record; however, Kim now 31 years old secured Gold medal for Korea with a performance of 1:19:50hrs to become Asian 20km walking champion for the 3rd time. Kim, World championship medallist (2011) started with slow 19:43 for first 5k and by the time 10k mark crossed, he was in the leading group. Yamanishi of Japan tried to hold him at 15km mark but Kim was pushing his lead. Kim finished the race with almost a minute ahead of Georgiy Sheiko of Kazakhstan (1:20:47) and India’s Ifran Thodi (1:20:59).

In the Women’s 20KM Race walking, China’s Wang Na comfortably won the Gold medal for China with a performance of 1:30:51hrs. Host walker Kumiko Okada finished on the second place with a performance of 1:33:31 while Yeongeun Jeon of Korea took third place in 1:34:35hrs.

 Photos - https://goo.gl/photos/GMSd78iJoJejGtor5

Results attached

OVERWHELMING VOTE FOR IAAF REFORM DELIVERED BY MEMBERSHIP

Monaco, Dec3, 2016 - The IAAF Special Congress delivered a 95% vote in favour of a resolution for constitutional reform which will be delivered in two stages, 1 January 2017 and 1 January 2019, issuing in a new era of transparent and accountable sports administration.

In his opening address, IAAF President Sebastian Coe had urged the 197 national member federations who were represented in the Congress room to back the governance structure reforms which were the basis for the constitutional reform.

“We must protect our sport,” said Coe. “We must put in place the structures that will keep our sport and athletes safe on and off the field of play, in and out of the stadium. It is bad enough that any of this happened once BUT it cannot happen a second time. Not on our watch and not on anyone else’s watch. We have to step up and ensure the walls are never too high again and that checks and balances are in place and working.”

(IAAF)

IAAF Diamond League to start from Asia- 1st stop Doha

Stage set for Doha Diamond League

IAAF Diamond League 2017 will begin with Asia and its first stop will be in Doha on 5th May followed by Shanghai in China. 

The Qatar Athletics Federation (QAF) under the leadership of HE Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari announced the formation of the Higher Organizing Committee of the 2017 Doha Diamond League to be staged at Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium on May 05.

The  event will feature the following disciplines:

Men’s events: 100m, 400m, 1500m, 3000m, High Jump, Triple Jump and Javelin Throw.

Women’s events: 200m, 800m, 3000m Steeplechase, 100m Hurdles, Pole Vault and Shot Put.

Over the course of the summer, the IAAF Diamond League will cross four continents, 11 countries and 14 cities.

The new championship format will see gripping finals held in Brussels and Zürich at the end of the season.

Asian Athletics aligned with Coe’s proposal for reforms

Doha, 28 October 2016 - Asian Athletics Associations supports the general principles of Sebastian Coe’s proposal for governance structure reforms, AAA President Dahlan Al Hamad stated at a post Council Meeting press conference in Doha on Friday (October 28).

Asia’s top athletics officials, representing more than 40 nations, debated on the reform plans personally presented by IAAF President Sebastian Coe at the 85th AAA Council meeting held in Doha and agreed to be aligned with the reforms. Nevertheless, Asian Athletics governing body decided to urgently establish a committee to further discuss the proposal. Another AAA committee will also create a short-term execution plan for the evaluation of the events in the region and for developing the athletics within Asia over the next three years.

“Our sport came through a troubled period, which made people cast doubts over the athletics’ ability to survive the hazard. The response though was swift as we all witnessed at the Rio Olympics, with large crowds and top level competition.

“We would like to thank Sebastian Coe for being here with us to clarify his proposal, which aims to further promote the sport worldwide. This project will affect the future of athletics. We discussed about all positive and negative aspects of the reforms in order to come up with the proper decision.

“It is plain to see that the new structure gives more power and prerogatives to the Assembly, while the power of individual officials is diminished,” explained Al Hamad, who thanked in his introduction, QOC President Sheikh Joann bin Hamad Al Thani for hosting such a crucial for athletics meeting in Doha.

Lord Coe’s reform proposal redefines roles and responsibilities and aims for a greater voice for athletes, a better gender balance, as well as for independent anti-doping, integrity and disciplinary functions.

“We back President’s plan and totally support his presidency. Some Area representation-wise issues are still under discussions. We raised some concerns, which are minor and will surely be resolved. We will go along with the reforms and we will try to adapt,” added Al Hamad.

In regards to the development of athletics in Asia, AAA President commented: 

“We have managed to keep our partners and sponsors warm, or even attract new to support our activities, such as the Marathons. 

“Within our plans is to attract the new generation with a new programme in collaboration with Ministries of Education in order to identify talents that will emerge in the near future. Our initiatives rely on the “Kids Athletics” programme – which not only help in promoting Athletics, but generally guides children in the world of sports. Any plan not aiming at the new generation has no hope or future.”

“Last year we introduced the first ever Asian Youth Championships in Doha, giving youngsters from all nations the chance to make their international debut. The success of the Doha initiative encouraged more countries to ask for hosting the event. We are now in talks with broadcasters to secure full TV coverage.”

“Sixty percent of the world’s youth population lives in Asia, but we have to implement the proper programme in order to help them develop and achieve better results.”

Talking about the ongoing fight against doping President Al Hamad stressed that extra action of all concerned parties needs to be taken:

“UN and other organisations are supporting the anti-doping fight. Most nations have introduced new anti-doping legislation, but we mustn’t be complacent. President’s reform proposal includes the formation of a new independent Athletics Integrity Unit. We have to give them freedom and time to work on the anti-doping issue.”