Ath­let­ics to in­tro­duce world rank­ings in 2018

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

Ath­let­ics is to in­tro­duce a world rank­ings sys­tem in 2018 as part of a wide­spread ef­fort to bring some sense and shape to its cur­rently neb­u­lous cal­en­dar, and con­tinue to move away from the sport’s scan­dal-hit past.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the rank­ings in part­ner­ship with All Ath­let­ics, an­nounced on Fri­day, is part of a sweep­ing re­form pack­age that was voted in by In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) last De­cem­ber to change the way the sport’s govern­ing body op­er­ates.

The rank­ings will be a point-based sys­tem in which ath­letes col­lect points across dif­fer­ent lev­els of meet through­out the sea­son to de­ter­mine qual­i­fi­ca­tion for pre­mier com­pe­ti­tions such as the Olympic Games and World Cham­pi­onships.

It is also hoped that the in­tro­duc­tion of the rank­ings will bring some fo­cus to the Di­a­mond League, where cur­rently lead­ing ath­letes of­ten do not com­pete against each other, leav­ing fans feel­ing short-changed and of­ten con­fused.

IAAF President Seb Coe has made no se­cret of his frus­tra­tion with many as­pects of the Di­a­mond League’s cur­rent for­mat and is des­per­ate to re­form it. When it comes to ma­jor cham­pi­onships, ath­letes are cur­rently se­lected by their na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions, if they achieve a qual­i­fi­ca­tion time or mark.

“The IAAF World Rank­ings will drive and shape the global com­pe­ti­tion sys­tem in­clud­ing en­try into the World Cham­pi­onships and Olympic Games,” Coe said in a state­ment.

“For the first time in the sport’s his­tory, ath­letes, me­dia and fans will have a clear un­der­stand­ing of the hi­er­ar­chy of com­pe­ti­tions... al­low­ing them to fol­low a log­i­cal sea­son-long path to the pin­na­cle of Ath­let­ics’ top two com­pe­ti­tions.”

The ath­letes’ po­si­tion in the rank­ings will be de­ter­mined by var­i­ous per­for­mance as­pects along with the level of com­pe­ti­tion they are par­tic­i­pat­ing in.

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