IAAF WORLD RANKINGS CONTROVERSY
THE IAAF is coming under pressure to put its new world rankings on hold.
The system, which is produced in conjunction with All-Athletics, is set to be used as a qualification method for next year’s IAAF World Championships in Doha. But athletes and officials are already complaining that it favours certain types of athletes or geographical areas.
In recent days the NACAC (North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships) has told the IAAF it believes the rankings should be used on a pilot basis only and only used as a qualification system after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The current system favours elite athletes who are invited to the
Diamond League events as opposed to up-and-coming or US collegiate athletes.
Achieving a good ranking will also be difficult for athletes in the southern hemisphere due to most of the high rankings events being in Europe and the United States.
Among the many quirks of the system, Diamond Leagues are ranked a couple of categories above championships such as the Commonwealth Games. This is despite the fact that some local athletes might be given lanes in the Diamond League in their own country, whereas athletes will have had to work hard simply to qualify for a Commonwealth Games.
The rankings are also based purely on times and positioning, so there is no consideration for head-to-head competition or external influences like altitude.