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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


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.


Dahlan Al Hamad to contest for IAAF Vice President and AAA President post in 2015

Doha, 16.02.2015 – Mr. Dahlan Al Hamad, the IAAF Vice President, Asian Athletics President and Qatar Athletics President, announced today 16 February, at a press conference in Doha, his intention to run later this year for both the IAAF and Asian Athletics Association elections in order to retain his positions as IAAF Vice-President and AAA President.


Mr. Dahlan Al Hamad has been a Council Member of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) since 2003 and Vice President since 2007. Also, after serving the Asian Athletic Association (AAA) as Sr. Vice President for seven years, in 2013 was elected in the Presidential position.


“From an unknown quantity at international level, Qatar has evolved in the last 20 years into a key, powerful and trusted IAAF partner. Throughout all these years I have served the Qatari, Asian and International athletics governing bodies from various leading positions".


“My personal dream to establish my county into the world’s athletics decision makers has become a reality, but my aspirations for the future of world athletics do not end here. I am determined to do whatever required to keeping up the development of the sport from its grassroots not only in Qatar, but in the wider Asian continent”, said Mr. Dahlanwho thanked His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, for his continuous support.


“Dahlan Al Hamad is a key Qatari figure who had continuously contributed to the athletics scene in Qatar, Asia and the whole world. The candidacy of Dahlan Al Hamad is vital, given his background in both the IAAF and AAA” underlined HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee and co-host of the the press conference.


Among the initiatives Mr. Dahlan has introduced during his short tenure as AAA President were the creation of a 5-year strategic plan; the organisation of numerous training programmes in various countries, mainly for those who are facing financial problems; the agreement to bring all Asian federations under the umbrella of the Qatar-based “Aspire”; the promotion of Beach Athletics; the creation of preparation camps for all federations in China – in order to assist the poorest countries; and the agreements signed with Oceania and the Balkan Athletics Association for athletes’ and coaches exchange programmes. Furthermore AAA managed to generate an additional income from sponsors.


“I believe that it is time for Asia to be at the Centre Stage and this task can be achieved by creating and delivering a new athletics concept. But, this ambitious project we are determined to implement at Asian Athletics cannot be separated from a general strategic plan the International Associations of Athletics Federations should adopt.


“No matter who the next IAAF President will be, we have to start Innovating World Athletics and the main means are by focusing on Youths, Inspire them and Engage them. If I will be re-elected at the IAAF Vice-President position I will concentrate all my forces and energy on that direction”, added Mr. Dahlan who also declared war to the illegal performance enhancing substances distribution and use.


“If we all concentrate and unite forces on this war, and I mean IAAF, AAA and all other athletics organisations, we may be able by 2019 when the World Championships will be held in Doha, to showcase to the world a fairer, cleaner and more attractive sport, like it has never been before.


Mr. Dahlan Al Hamad is convinced that a further expansion of athletics worldwide seems feasible if all will act dynamically by implementing a few simple but very important steps.


“We need to emphasise on the grass roots programmes, to educate and engage youngsters on the sportsmanlike principles, to teach them the virtues of fair play and to fight against doping. Education is our main weapon in our war against doping. We must focus on Prevention, to raise awareness of the complications and symptoms doping use may cause to the human body.”


80th Asian Athletics Association Council Meeting 2015

Hotel Fairmont, Jakarta, March 12, 80th Asian Athletics Association Council meeting, chaired by President Dahlan Al-Hamad, was held in the Fairmont Hotel, Jakarta (Indonesia) on Thursday (March 12). It was the last meeting of the existing council members ahead of the Congress in Wuhan in June 2015 which will elect new council members for the period of 2015-2019.

Induction of former president as Hon. Life President of AAA

Council resolved to include Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, former president of AAA as a Hon. Life President of AAA for his work in the development of athletics in Asia during his tenure.

Asia-Oceania better cooperation

President Dahlan Al-Hamad stressed on the inclusive cooperation with Oceania especially in the field of coaching programmes to develop grassroots athletics in Asia.

Training camp prior to 21st Asian Athletics Championship 2015

President Dahlan Al-Hamad initiated and confirmed staging of 2 week long training camp for the selected elite athletes of member federations with limited resources to prepare for the Asian Athletics Championship. 

Hubei Olympic Sports Centre in Wuhan (China) will host over 50 athletes and coaches from Asia. Host China will provide coaching support for the athletes and coaches. Training Camp will take place from May 18-31, 2015.


IAAF presidential candidates present their vision

IAAF presidential candidates Sergey Bubka (UKR) and Sebastian Coe (GBR) presented their vision of World of Athletics to the council members. Election of IAAF president will take place in Beijing during IAAF World Championship in Athletics in August 2015.


Competition reports

Asian Beach Games 2014- Athletics

For the first time Olympic Council of Asia included Athletics discipline in the Asian Beach Games held at Phuket (Thailand) from Nov 19-22, 2014. Athletics Association of Thailand successfully organised the athletics events of the Asian Beach Games. Total 11 events were held including innovative 4x60m shuttle relay.


Record entries for Asian 20KM Walking Championship 2015, Nomi (Japan)

Asian 20KM Walking Championship will be held on March 15 at Nomi City (Japan) which has seen upward trend in the participation of member federations. This year total 40 athletes from 15 countries (including guest of USA, CAN and AUS)


First Asian Youth Athletics Championship, Doha 2015

LOC of Asian Youth Athletics Championship presented the current status report of the championship. Qatar Sports Club stadium will host the championship from May 8-11. Special cultural programme will be held for the athletes during the closing ceremony on 11th May. Athletes born between 1998 and 1999 are eligible to compete. Last date of entry is 23 April 2015.


Asian Grand Prix 2015 series dates confirmed

Thailand will host all 3 legs of Asian Grand Prix series 2015 starting with June 22 at Pathum Thani followed by Ayuthaya on June 25 and Bangkok will host final leg on June 29.


Wuhan all geared up to welcome Athletes of Asia

World of athletics is looking to China in 2015 as China is celebrating Chinese year of Athletics by staging IAAF World Cross Country Championship, World School Athletics Championship, Asian Athletics Championship and finally IAAF World Championship in Athletics.


Host city of 21st Asian Athletics Championship 2015 is all geared up to welcome athletes of Asia. LOC and CAA team members presented the progress report to the AAA Council. LOC has finalised Venue map and secured over 800 rooms in 7 hotels in the lake city of Wuhan. Wuhan will also host Asian Athletics Association congress at famous Wuhan Conference Centre on June 2, 2015.


LOC has secured title sponsorship by Dongfeng Motor Corporation and live telecast of the 21st Asian Athletics Championship with CCTV5 and Hubei TV. LOC will also use digital platforms in addition to the TV, Outdoor, Radio and Print to reach wider audiences in China and Asia. LOC has kept affordable ticket prices to ensure everyone can enjoy live action of best athletes of Asia.


Over 300 volunteers will be in the conduct of the championship including over 100 interpreters.


Sponsorship and Marketing of AAA events

The Sporting Age (TSA) official marketing agency of AAA presented its report on the sponsorship and marketing of AAA events.


Ratification of Asian Records

Council approved the Asian records set during 22 Sep, 2014 to Mar 4, 2015


MEN (Olympic events)

100m/9.93/Femi Seun Ogunode/QAT/Incheon/28.09.2014

Javelin Throw/89.15/Zhao Qinggang/CHN/Incheon/02.10.2014

4x100m Relay/37.99/National Team/CHN/Incheon/02.10.2014

(Chen Shiwei, Xie Zhenye, Su Bingtian, Zhang Peimeng)


Asian Records or Best Performances in other events

10000m Walk/Track/38:23.73/Wang Zhen/CHN/Genova/08.02.2015


ASIAN Indoor Records & Best Performances


MEN events

400m/45.39/Abdalelah Haroun Hassan/QAT/Stockholm/19.02.2015

2 Miles/8:16.47/Suguru Osako/JPN/New York/31.01.2015

High Jump/2.41/Mutaz Essa Barshim/QAT/Athlone/18.02.2015


WOMEN events

5000 m/15:34.70/Alia Saeed Mohamed/UAE/Stockholm/19.02.2015

Pole Vault/4.51/Li Ling/CHN/Xianlin/08.03.2015


15th Asian Marathon Championship 2015- Hong Kong

Hong Kong, Jan 25: Shingo Igarashi (五十嵐真悟) of Japan wins Mens Marathon title of the 15th Asian Marathon Championship 2015 covering challenging 42.195km of Hong Kong city roads in a time of 2:14:29. Shingo beat favourite DPR Korea's Pak Chol to second place. Pak clocked 2:16:09 for silver medal while Mongolia's Olonbayar JAMSRAN grabbed Bronze medal with a performance of 2:22:49.


In the Women's race DPR Korea's runners dominated the race. KIM Hye Gyong, sensational 21 years old talented runner who has finished in the top 8 of the World Championship in Moscow in 2013 won the Asian title with an ease clocking 2:31:46.Teammate KIM Mi Gyong set new personal best performance to win Silver medal in 2:36:08. Kazakhstan's Gulzhanat ZHANATBEK won her bronze medal after intensive battle with Mongolian Munkhzaya BAYARTSOGT who finished on the 4th place with 2:38:43. Gulzhanat clocked 2:38:36 for Bronze medal.


More than 70000 runners took part in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, an IAAF silver label event organised by Hong Kong Amateur Athletics Association. It was 4th time that Hong Kong successfully organised the Asian Marathon Championship. AAA Council member from Chinese Taipei Ching Cheng Wang and William J. Ko of Hong Kong presented the medals to the winners.




Men: 1.Shingo IGARASHI,JPN 2:14:29;2.PAK Chol,PRK 2:16:09;3.Olonbayar JAMSRAN,MGL 2:22:49;4.Eduardo BUENAVISTA,PHI 2:24:11;5.Bhumi Raj RAI,NEP 2:24:58;6.Ganehi Kankanamalage Kelum Sapath Thissa Gunasekara,SRI 2:28:35; 7.LI Ming Sheng,TPE 2:32:08;8.TSUI Chi Kin,HKG 2:34:31;9.Ilia TIAPKIN,KGZ 2:35:25;10.LAI Ho Ki,HKG 2:38:56;11.YANG Meng,CHN 2:42:16;12.LAU Kwong Man,HKG 2:43:19;13.LAM Chak In,MAC 2:51:17;14.CHAN Chong Ip,MAC 3:07:20;Nasrulla AHMED,MDV DNF;LIM Thow Wee,SIN DNF


Women: 1. KIM Hye Gyong,PRK 2:31:46;2.KIM Mi Gyong,PRK 2:36:08;3.Gulzhanat ZHANATBEK,KAZ 2:38:36;4.Munkhzaya BAYARTSOGT,MGL 2:38:43;5.Bogaha Kotuwe Gedara Niluka Geethani Rajasekara,SRI 2:40:07;6.ZHANG Junli,CHN 2:42:18;

7.YIU Kit Ching,HKG 2:45:45;8.Sarita BASI,NEP 3:06:38;9.CHAN Pui Shan Peggy,HKG 3:11:52;10.CHOY Mun Tse Mandy,HKG 3:12:03;11.ONG Kaifen,SIN 3:23:46