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News From Around the World - EME NEWS (JAN 03, 2016)

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The way to compete - MONACO (MON): An updated set of guidelines has been submitted to the Russian Athletics Federation for athletes wishing to apply to compete internationally in 2017. The guidelines outline the criteria that athletes must meet to be able to apply for permission to compete in international competitions as a neutral athlete. One of the criteria requires athletes to show they are not directly implicated in any way knowingly or unknowingly in the country’s doping scandals.

Other criteria to be considered is whether the athlete has worked with any coach, doctor or support staff who has been implicated; the number of times they have been tested and by whom; their athlete biological passport findings; and whether any samples are currently in storage and/or subject to retesting. The guidelines clarify that athletes do not necessarily need to have been tested outside of Russia but do stipulate they must have been part of a recognised, independent and fully WADA Code-compliant drug-testing programme for a sufficiently long period to provide substantial objective assurance of integrity such as the IAAF International Registered Testing Pool. Applications made under the guidelines will be reviewed by the Doping Review Board (DRB) and successful applicants will be granted neutral athlete status although eligibility remains at the discretion of individual meeting organisers. From IAAF.

200 Russians in McLaren report
MONACO (MON): Names of around 200 Russians suspected of being implicated in the findings of the McLaren Report have been provided to the IAAF. The governing body also said they expect around 60 athletes from Russia to be included in their International Registered Testing Pool (IRTP). The IAAF Taskforce is due to travel to Moscow this month and the Council will reconvene in February.

Shlyakhtin thinks 50 could be ok
MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF president Dmitriy Shlyakhtin said that the IAAF criteria for Russian athletes who want to perform internationally as neutral athletes became more accessible, real and down-to-earth. He thinks that about 50 Russian athletes could satisfy the requirements and can apply to the IAAF for permission to compete internationally. Shlyakhtin also noted that RusAF has sent the IAAF a written request for information about 200 Russians mentioned in McLaren report but due to  internal investigation it could not happen.

AIPS President calls for records change
LAUSANNE (SUI): AIPS President Gianni Merlo has called on IAAF president Sebastian Coe in an open letter to reset the world record books as part of his bid to clean up the sport, informs AIPS. “Given the doubts of the past that plague the sport, I think it would be healthy to begin a new era of athletics that would give new hope to coming generations. I have always been in favour of the suggestion to close the record books in world athletics and open new ones,” he said. 


TIGNES (FRA): World pole vault record-holder Renaud Lavillenie has canceled his first two scheduled competitions of the indoor season due to a left thigh injury, informs L’Equipe. Lavillenie has scratched from his opener in Tignes on Friday and Merzig on 14 January. He said on his social media page he picked up the small injury while training in Reunion. 

STOCKHOLM (SWE): Emma Green has said she is aiming to retire after the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March, informs Expressen. Green has been struggling with an Achilles tendon injury since 2014 and was considering retirement at the end of last season. “The end of the summer was just terrible. Then I felt that I wanted to stop but I did not want to end with that feeling,” she said. Green hopes to end her career on her own terms but hasn’t ruled out a high placing in Belgrade as she admits the standard in the event isn’t as high as it has been in recent years. 

SEATTLE (USA): Former world 800 m silver medallist Nick Symmonds will retire at the end of the year, informs NBC Olympics. “I really want to make one more worlds team. I’ve just got to make sure my ankle holds up,” he said. Symmonds made the Olympic final in 2012 but missed the Rio Olympics due to injury. Once he retires, Symmonds has said he wants to climb the tallest mountain on every continent.

MOSCOW (RUS): The Association of the Lawyers of Russia has expressed a desire to help the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to protect athletes in response to the allegations made in the last part of the McLaren report, informs sports.ru.

SAN GIORGIO SU LEGNANO (ITA): Olympic champions Conseslus Kipruto and Faith Kipyegon headline the line-ups for the Campaccio Cross Country on 6 January (IAAF CC Permit), informs organisers. Kipruto faces teammates Jairus Birech and Leonard Komon in the men's race along with top Ethiopians Muktar Edris and Imane Merga along with Bahrain's Albert Rop while Kipyegon faces reigning world cross country champion Agnes Tirop, in-form Olympic 5000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri and Ethiopia's Gelete Burka in the women's race. Olympic 3000m steeplechase champion Ruth Jebet from Bahrain is a late withdrawal. 

MUMBAI (IND): Ayele Abshero is the fastest runner in the line-up for the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on 15 January, informs organisers. Abshero has a 2:04:23 PB from the 2012 Dubai Marathon. Other top names include Kenya’s Levy Matebo (2:05:16), last year’s runner-up Seboka Dibaba from Ethiopia (2:06:17) and Olympic fifth-placer Alphonce Simbu from Tanzania (2:09:19). Former two-time winner Dinknesh Mekash from Ethiopia is the favourite in the women’s race and the second fastest in the field with a 2:23:12 PB behind Bahrain’s Merima Mohamed (2:23:06).

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to hold officials to account following reports of mismanagement of the Kenyan team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, informs insidethegames.biz. A report was put in front of parliament last month and recommended various radical measures including a detailed forensic audit on spending in response to mismanagement of funds. 

NAIROBI (KEN): Head coach Julius Kirwa has warned Athletics Kenya not to rest on their laurels ahead of the World Championships in London, informs the Daily Nation. Kirwa has called on Athletics Kenya to arrange a coaches’ meeting ahead of the season and has identified the men’s and women’s 10,000m and 5000m as events for concern. “We also failed to have an athlete in men’s 5,000m final at the Rio Olympics Games. There is potential and talent but we need to know how to harness this and encourage athletes hence coaches can do this,” he said.

DARMSTADT (GER): DLV head coach Idriss Gonschinska has described the first season after the Olympics as a transitional year in the build-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, informs Leichtathletik.de. “We could not show the potential of the German athletics national team in Rio. I hope this succeeds in 2017. I am definitely motivated by Rio! However, I still see the year as the first year in the reconstruction for Tokyo. In this respect, we arrange the international championships of the year accordingly,” he said. On the topic of the Russian doping scandal, Gonschinska describes the findings as “very shocking” but he is pleased “an open discussion is now underway.”

BEOGRAD (SRB): Top Serbian combined eventer Mihail Dudas is in preparation in South Africa. His main aim is the heptathlon at the European Indoors in his home country. He so far satisfied with his preparation in Potchefstroom and plans to attack the podium as it was the case 2013 in Goteborg (bronze). Dudas also plans to compete in South Africa later this month.

WAIPU (NZL): Shot put Olympian Jacko Gill threw his weight at his first Waipu Highland Games and smashed the New Zealand Highland stone throw record set a decade ago. The 22-year-old shot-put star won five of eight events and was declared the overall winner in the heavyweight competition. Gill, a shot putter at Rio Olympics, threw the 22-pound (nearly 10kg) stone 15.6m to break the old record of 13.7m set by previous Highland Heavyweight Competition 13-time winner Pat Hellier. NZ media are informing.


TIGNES (FRA, Jan 3): First day of new indoor meet at altitude (2100 m) had excellent men long jump by Jean-Pierre Bertrand who improved his overall PB to early World leading 808 cm. Second South African World indoor champion Khotso Mokoena 799 and third Kafetien Gomis 781. Haoua Kessely won women long jump 631 with Antoinette Nana Djimou third 613. Jean-Marc Pontvianne won men triple with 16.62 over Fabrice Zango Hugues who in his first indoor competition achieved national record for Burkina Faso 16.51. Jeanine Assani Issouf won women triple with good 13.91. On Thursday 60 m races will be held and pole vault competitions on Friday. 

TOKYO (JPN, Jan 3): Two time defending champions Aoyama Gakuin University won the 93rd Hakone Ekiden with final time of 11:04:10. Second Toyo University 11:11:31 and third Waseda University 11:12:26. On two days with 21 teams and 10 stages, five per day and in total 217.1 km. From Brett Larner and RRW.

MADRID (ESP, Jan 3): Oscar Husillos (23) improved in the 400 m at the local meet to 47.05. He also won the 200 m in 21.31. The 400 m mark is also European standard for Belgrade, he competed at 5.30 pm in the 200 m and 7.45 pm in the 400 m. 

TALLINN (EST, Jan 2): Latvian Mareks Arents cleared 545 in the pole vault.

BOSTON (USA, Dec 31): At Boston University Mini-Meet in mixed 3000 m Cory McGee and Liz Costello ran good quality 8:57.87 and 9:00.44, from RRW.


BUDAPEST (HUN): One of the fastest Hungarian sprinters ever Istvan Tatar died at age of 59 on Monday after a long illness. He competed at Olympics 1980, World Championships 1983 and 1987, European Championships 1982 and 1986. His bests 6.65 at 60 m, 10.25 in the 100 m and 20.82 in the 200 m. From 2009 to 2015 he was the head-coach of Honvéd Club in Budapest.

BRUSSELS (BEL): At age of 83 died first Chairman of Belgian Athletics Federation (LBFA) William Kevers. He was in the position from 1978 until 2001. He also coached legendary Emiel Puttemans. 

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