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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.”


Ruth Jebet of Bahrain broke Gulnara Galinka’s eight-year-old world record to win the women’s 3000m steeplechase on a night of eye-catching distance performances at the Meeting de Paris, the 12th stop of the IAAF Diamond League series, on Saturday (Aug 27).

Her time of 8:52.78* shattered the previous mark of 8:58.81 set by the Russian at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and remarkably is the third sub-nine-minute clocking of the season for Jebet, who took the Olympic title in Rio 12 days ago.

At the pre-competition press conference, Jebet had played down suggestions she could break the mark. But with the pace going out faster than planned, it was clear that something special was in the hot, still Parisian air.

Caroline Tuiging paced the leaders through the first kilometre in 2:56.36, by which time the pack was spread right out behind the lead group of Jebet, Hyvin Kiyeng and second pacer Aisha Praught. Jebet had taken over by the second kilometre, which they passed in 5:54.16.

As they hit the bell in 7:50 the record was in sight, but required a faultless closing lap. That played out until the final barrier, where a slight clip almost threw Jebet to the ground. Yet she recovered, found her stride and celebrated wildly as she crossed the line.

“I’m very happy,” the 19-year-old Bahraini said. “I tried many times to beat the world record, and today we decided to push each other to go for a good time. I was not expecting such a big difference with the record. I think I finished my season today.”

What a way to do it.

Second and third were as they were in Rio: Kiyeng, who had run alongside Jebet until three laps remained, finished in 9:01.96; US record-holder Emma Coburn closed strongly for third in 9:10.86. There were four personal bests behind those three, including a 9:14.28 Oceanian record for Genevieve LaCaze in sixth. (



Hirooki ARAI of Japan wins Bronze medal in the Men's 50km walk at Rio Olympic Games

Rio, Aug 20, 2016- Competing in 50KM Walk, one of the most gruelling race of the Olympic Games Athletics programme is not for faint hearted and that too in the sweltering heat of Rio city which forced almost 20 walkers to drop out of the race.

Hirooki Arai of Japan took on challenge and completed the race in 3 hours 41 min and 24 sec to finish on the third place but his accidental collision with Canadian Evan Dunfee prompted protest from Canada which was countered by successful appeal by JAAF which ended uncertainty about Arai's medal position.  Finally, Arai could celebrate his success.  "I'm simply pleased," said Arai. "I don't think I did anything wrong. When I met (Dunfee after the decision was reversed) he said sorry and it ended with a hug." 

Download this file (ATM095101_Results_2016_08_19_c59b1b7a_a57b_4fb0_914f_d9388c38274c.pdf)50km walk final results[ ]57 kB

Japan's sprinters set new Asian Record in 4x100m relay on route Silver medal in the Rio Olympic Games

Rio, Aug 20, 2016 - Japan men's 4x100m relay team consisting of YAMAGATA Ryota, IIZUKA Shota, KIRYU Yoshihide and CAMBRIDGE Aska not only set Asian record twice but also secured Silver medal, one up from Beijing 2008 with a performance of 37.60s.

China who first set Asian record in the heats ended up on the highly creditable fourth place with 37.90s. Team Jamaica led by legendary Usain Bolt who won his 9th Gold medal in the Olympic Games

Dilshod Nazarov provides first ever Olympic gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic Games history

Rio, 20 Aug 2016- Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan is now an Olympic Hammer Throw Champion.  Competing in his 4th Olympic hammer throw competition, Dilshod did not let this opportunity a miss. His third round throw of 78.07m put him in the lead which he further extended with a gold medal winning throw of 78.68m in the fifth round. 

Dilshod dedicated his victory to the people of Tajikistan and thankful of all the support given by his fans in his bid to be an Olympic Champion. 

First thing Dilshod is doing is to take a flight back to Dushanbe and meet his family and mother Zaytuna who is his coach, mentor, inspiration and caring mother. He can't wait to eat home food and celebrate country's first medal with loved ones.  ( Read more about Dilshod )