Wuhan, 17 April: Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of AAA along with the members of Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) and LOC members of 21st Asian Athletics Championship today reviewed the arrangement of the AAA Congress and Competition venue in Wuhan, China.
21st Asian Athletics Championship will be held at 55000 capacity, Wuhan Sports Centre Stadium from June 3-7, 2015. It will be the largest gathering of best athletes from all over Asia vying for the top honours.
Asian Athletics Association member federations are set to elect new AAA Council for the period of 2015-2019 through the election taking place during the AAA Congress. Historic Wuhan Conference Centre will host AAA Election and Congress on 1st June 2015.
President Dahlan Al-Hamad also took stock of the accommodation and training facilities for the athletes, coaches and officials. LOC has set up Championship office with 11 departments including General administration, marketing and publicity, competition, venue logistic, reception, conference service, International liaison, security, medical, finance, volunteers and legal affairs department.
“I am impressed with the passion and dedication of the LOC members towards preparation of the 21st Asian Athletics Championship. I am sure Athletes of Asia will not be disappointed when they visit this beautiful city in June” said Dahlan Al-Hamad.
LOC presented updated flow map of the venue with arrangement of field of play. LOC will start selling tickets at affordable rates in May. CCTV5 and Hubei TV will broadcast daily highlights of the championship.
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Nomi, 15 March: Japan's Yusuke Suzuki broke the 20km race walk world record* at the Asian 20KM Race Walking Championships in his home town of Nomi on Sunday (15), exactly one week after Yohann Diniz set the previous mark.
Diniz's mark is so recent it is yet to be ratified, but Suzuki improved it by 26 seconds, winning at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge meeting in 1:16:36. Suzuki began his season by finishing second at his national championships, watching compatriot Eiki Takahashi break Suzuki's national record.
The last time he won here in 2013, he was 38 seconds slower, which equates to around 180 metres, and he still set an Asian record on that occasion. This is Suzuki's third Asian title, having won in 2010 and 2013, and although his scintillating walk dominated the race, there was a fabulous six-way battle behind him, which on any other day would have held centre stage.
The result was bittersweet for Korea’s Hyunsub Kim. Although he lost out in the final mad dash for the tape, he broke his country’s national record for the second year in a row, this time by 11 seconds. In fact, it’s the fourth time Kim has dipped under 1:20:00 since 2008, and he too, like Suzuki, clearly favours Nomi, having recorded 1:19:31 there in 2011 to underline the 29-year-old’s consistency.
Hou wins women's title
The women’s 20km race was won by Yongbo Hou in 1:29:25, an improvement on her personal best of 1:02, but, unlike in the men’s contest, the Chinese 20-year-old had to wait until the last 5km before she edged ahead.
Kumiko Okada attempted to emulate Suzuki by charging to the front and forging a 23-second gap by 5km. However, she ran out of steam from that point and was seemingly walking through treacle over the last 5km.