Athletics

IAAF to launch new event bidding website as next wave of competitions draws closer

By Mike Rowbottom

IAAF President Lamine Diack attends the closing ceremony at this year's World Junior Championships in Oregon. Bids for the 2018 version will get underway next year with the help of a new dedicated IAAF website ©Getty ImagesA new online platform for potential hosts of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) events will be launched in January.

Rutherford says he would back athlete boycott of Doha 2019 IAAF World Championships

By Daniel Etchells

Greg Rutherford said he'd "wholeheartedly support" any athlete who feels strong enough not to be involved in the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha ©Getty ImagesGreat Britain's Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has claimed he would support any athlete who chooses to boycott the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Doha.

"New sports can come, but athletics is the heart of the Olympic Games," says IAAF President Diack

By Mike Rowbottom at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monte Carlo

IAAF President Lamine Diack has said athletics will remain 'the heart and soul' of the Olympics ©Getty ImagesInternational Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack departed from his official speech for the World Athlete of the Year awards here tonight to stress the unique place athletics holds as the "heart and soul" of the Olympic Movement.

Lavillenie and Adams voted IAAF World Athletes of the Year

By Mike Rowbottom at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monte Carlo

Valerie Adams and Renaud Lavillenie pose with their IAAF World Athlete of the Year Awards ©Getty ImagesRenaud Lavillenie had the perfect end to his "perfect year" here tonight as he received the Men's World Athlete of the Year award at the International Athletics Foundation Gala, with the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) Women's award going to New Zealand's shot putter Valerie Adams, unbeaten now in 56 consecutive competitions.

Lavillenie laments destruction of Donetsk arena where he broke Bubka world record

By Mike Rowbottom at the Fairmont Hotel in Monaco

Renaud Lavillenie, pictured with the man whose world pole vault record he took, Sergei Bubka ©AFP/Getty ImagesWorld pole vault record holder Renaud Lavillenie, here as one of three contenders for the International Association of Athletics Federations' Male World Athlete of the Year award tomorrow, spoke of his sadness over the destruction of the venue in Donetsk where he set his record of 6.16 metres in February.

Exclusive: IAAF claim Doha's $37 million offer in 2019 World Championships bid was legal and within guidelines

By Mike Rowbottom at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo

Doha did not break any rules when they offered $37 million during their successful bid to host the 2019 IAAF World Championships ©IAAFAllegations that the Doha team which successfully bid here this week for the 2019 World Athletics Championships made an "illegal" offer of $37 million (£24 million/€29 million) have been denied by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Elite will prosper but Europe could suffer as IAAF announces new qualifying standards

By Mike Rowbottom at the Fairmont Hote in Monte Carlo

Beijing's Birds Nest stadium will see new qualifying standards employed for its IAAF World Championships next year ©Getty ImagesA new unified qualification system for next year's World Championships in Beijing, announced at the International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) Council meeting, is likely to improve the overall quality of the event, but may result in some countries struggling to field a wide range of competitors.

World's newest nation South Sudan provisionally recognised by IAAF

By Nick Butler 

The IAAF Council have accepted an application from South Sudan for provisional recognition ©Philippe Fitte/IAAFSouth Sudan has been accepted as a provisional member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in a major boost in the world's newest nation's quest to gain Olympic inclusion.

IAAF approve plan to hold morning athletics finals at Rio 2016

By Nick Butler

Eight Rio 2016 Olympic athletics finals will be held in the morning in the João Havelange Stadium ©Wikimedia CommonsAthletics finals at an Olympic Games will be held in the morning for the first time in 28 years at Rio 2016, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced.
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