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Candidatures for the election of the AAA Council


Singapore, 20 April- Candidatures for the election of the Asian Athletics Association Council for the term 2015-2019 has been finalised. Asian Athletics Association member federation’s delegates will gather in the lake city, Wuhan in China on 1st June prior to the start of the 21st Asian Athletics Championship to choose 17 membered Asian Athletics Council.  

Congress is convened biannually and this year it will be held at Wuhan Conference Centre in Wuhan (China).  

Congress shall also appoint members on various committees such as a) Technical Committee, (b) Women’s Committee, (c) Medical Committee, (d) Coaching Committee, (e) Cross Country & Road Running Committee and (f) Race Walking Committee. Each Committee will have 5 members.

View list of candidates for the election of AAA Council and Committees.


21st Asian Athletics Championships 2015 – Mascot “Chubao” and Emblem launched

Wuhan, 18 April- Organising Committee of the 21st Asian Athletics Championships 2015 today (18 Apr) chose “Chubao” mascot after scrutinising hundreds of design received in the past 4 months of public contest for design.

Dahlan Al-Hamad, AAA President, Zhaocai DU, Senior Vice President of AAA and General Secretary of CAA, Mr. Zhang Jin, Deputy director of Hubei Provincial Sports Bureau, Mr. Wang Qihua, Chairman of the Board of Wuhan Sports Center Development Co., Ltd. and Technical Delegates of the championship were present in the press conference held at Marco Polo hotel in Wuhan to announce the launch of the Championship. 

The mascot for the Wuhan Asian Athletic Championships, named “ Chubao”, was unveiled in the press conference. It is based on the local rare bird of white stork and incorporated with creative elements of cartoon characters and objects, Chubao was a minimalist and unique mascot that epitomizes youth, innocence, loveliness and hard work.

The Logo of the championships stars of triumph that resembles an athlete running across the finish line and a symbol of athletic spirit of perseverance and aiming for the best. “Cheer For China, Applaud Asian Athletics”, “Asian Athletics shine in Wuhan” are its slogan to inspires all participating athletes to challenge themselves and break the limits.

More than 800 athletes from 45 Asian countries are expected to take part in the championship starting from June 3 at Wuhan Sports Centre. Host China has confirmed participation of its elite athletes Zhang Peimang and Xie Wenjun. Winners of the 42 events will get direct entry in the IAAF Beijing World Championship in Athletics 2015.

Dahlan Al-Hamad, President of Asian Athletics Association announced special contribution award for the Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang, in recognition of his prominent contribution to the promotion of Asian Athletics. 


China's 2004 Olympic 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang announced retirement

Asia's biggest star athlete Liu Xiang of China officially announced his retirement ( Tuesday, 7th may) from professional athletics. The injury-plagued Athens 2004 Olympic gold medal winner said he had "no choice" but to bring down the curtain on his trailblazing career.

Liu made World to take notice of Asian athletics with his super hurdling. Liu is still an inspiration to thousands of young athletes in Asia and around the World.

Liu became China's first Olympic men’s champion in athletics when he won in Athens, equalling what was then the world record of 12.91.

He then improved the world record to 12.88 in Lausanne, Switzerland, in July 2006 and won the gold medal over the barriers at the 2007 IAAF World Championships.

Liu, one of his nation's highest profile sports stars, is one of the official ambassadors for the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 and will now be spending his time in the next few months helping to promote the championships.

"I'm retiring. I want to start a new journey," Liu said in a message posted to his blog, blaming injury for his decision. Liu hopes now to contribute to Chinese sports development and help increase China's influence within the athletics world.   (IAAF and AFP)

Profile of Liu Xiang

21st Asian Athletics Championship site visit

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. 

Watch Panoramic view of the Championship Stadium 



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.