LONDON: Athletics is to introduce a world rankings system in 2018 as a part of a widespread effort to convey some sense and form to its presently nebulous calendar, and proceed to maneuver away from the game’s scandal-hit previous.
The introduction of the rankings in partnership with All Athletics, introduced on Friday, is a part of a sweeping reform package deal that was voted in by the IAAF final December to vary the best way the game’s governing physique operates.
The rankings will probably be some extent-based mostly system by which athletes acquire factors throughout totally different ranges of meet all through the season to find out qualification for premier competitions such because the Olympics and World Championships.
Additionally it is hoped that the introduction of the rankings will deliver some focus to the Diamond League, the place at present main athletes typically don’t compete towards one another, leaving followers feeling brief-modified and sometimes confused.
Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Seb Coe has made no secret of his frustration with many elements of the Diamond League’s present format and is determined to reform it.
On the subject of main championships, athletes are at present chosen by their nationwide associations, in the event that they obtain a qualification time or mark.
“The IAAF World Rankings will drive and form the worldwide competitors system together with entry into the World Championships and Olympic Video games,” Coe stated in a press release.
“For the primary time within the sport’s historical past, athletes, media and followers could have a transparent understanding of the hierarchy of competitions, permitting them to comply with a logical season-lengthy path to the top of Athletics’ prime two competitions.”
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