Athletics: First Official IAAF World Ranking Mechanism to be created

 Official IAAF World RankingThe IAAF announced that an exclusive partnership with Elite Ltd (All Athletics) has been reached to create the first official IAAF World Rankings as a qualification mechanism to drive the sport’s annual competition system.

The MOU signed between the IAAF and Elite Ltd covers the build, management and maintenance of a new IAAF results and statistics database and the development of an official IAAF World Rankings system that will lead to qualification in to the premier competitions in the sport.

A root-and-branch review of athletics’ global calendar and all competitions within the sport – from championships to one-day meetings, road running, and cross-country events – has been discussed by IAAF President Sebastian Coe since the Reforms were passed at the end of 2016 to help athletes and fans better compete and follow the sport they love. A series of meetings, discussions and consultation forums have been set up to look at the calendar and competition formats. This work will continue in 2018.

“The IAAF World Rankings, which will come into operation in 2018, will drive and shape the global competition system including entry into the World Championships and Olympic Games,” commented Sebastian Coe. “For the first time in the sport’s history, athletes, media and fans will have a clear understanding of the hierarchy of competitions from national through to area and up to global events, allowing them to follow a logical season-long path to the pinnacle of athletics’ top two competitions.”

Athletes’ positions in the IAAF World Rankings will be based upon the points they score, the amount determined by their performance and place and the importance of the competition in the IAAF global calendar in which those results are achieved. The details of the World Rankings, including the points system for each event that goes towards the annual world rankings and the eligibility for entry in to World Championships and the Olympic Games, will be finalised in the first quarter of 2018, so the system can be applied for the IAAF World Championships in Doha in 2019 and the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

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