2014 Carifta Games
Thursday, 17 April 2014
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Written by IAAF    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:45   

Dakar, Senegal - Letters of intent from candidate cities interested in hosting a number of competitions of the IAAF World Athletics Series (WAS) 2017-2019 have been received by the IAAF.

Emphasising once more the universal reach and popularity of the sport of athletics, the IAAF Council, currently meeting in the Senegalese capital, were delighted to note that national Member Federations from five of the six continental Areas have confirmed themselves as candidates across the four IAAF World Athletics Series events involved.

The IAAF Council will decide the host cities during its next meeting in Monaco in November.

Prior to that the potential hosts will need to present detailed bid dossiers and will also receive feedback from an IAAF Evaluation team to help them deliver the best possible case for their cities.

The IAAF’s premier event is the biennial IAAF World Championships. With the hosts of the 2015 and 2017 editions already decided, the IAAF invited candidates for the 17th edition of the championships which will take place in 2019.

2019 IAAF World Championships

Candidates (alphabetical order by IAAF Member Federation)

Qatar: Doha

Spain: Barcelona

USA: Eugene

First staged in 1983, the IAAF World Championships are the jewel of the IAAF World Athletics Series. After the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup, the IAAF World Championships are the third largest sporting event in the world based upon number of participating nations (over 200) and athletes (over 2000) and global TV audience (6 billion across over 200 territories accumulated across 9 days of competition).

The next two editions have already been awarded as follows:

2015 IAAF World Championships, Beijing, China (22 - 30 Aug 2015)

2017 IAAF World Championships, London, UK (5 - 13 Aug 2017)

Bidding situation for other IAAF World Athletics Series events 2017-2019

2018 IAAF Continental Cup

Candidates: (alphabetical order by IAAF Member Federation)

Czech Republic: Ostrava

Poland: Bydgoszcz

2017 IAAF World Youth Championships

Candidates: (alphabetical order by IAAF Member Federation)

Argentina: Buenos Aires

Kenya: Nairobi

USA: Greensboro

2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships

Candidates: (alphabetical order by IAAF Member Federation)

Bahrain: Manama

Uganda: Kampala

Written by IAAF    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:43   

Dakar - In its second and last day of business in the Senegalese Capital of Dakar, the IAAF Council decided that the Russian city of Kazan will be the host of the 2016 edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships on Tuesday (15).

In other business, Council heard a full status report from the organisers of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing as well as presentations from the IAAF Area Associations outlining details of their own Strategic Plans which assess the challenges and opportunities ahead as they seek to develop and promote the sport of athletics at Area level.

No fewer than 11 IAAF Committee and Commission reports were studied as well.

During a break in Council proceedings, the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, invited its members to the Presidential Palace in Dakar where he invested Lamine Diack with the title of Commander of the Order of the Golden Lion.

Further details of the meeting can be found on the IAAF website : http://www.iaaf.org/news/iaaf-news/iaaf-council-meeting-dakar-15-april

Written by IAAF    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:41   

Monaco - The IAAF has appointed Ato Boldon, Joanna Hayes and Jackie Joyner-Kersee as Ambassadors to the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, which will be held in Eugene, USA, between 22-27 July.

The trio will be very busy while in Oregon. Among their activities, they will conduct interviews with local and international media, provide their thoughts on the Championships live via various social media platforms, and be involved with the medal presentations.

They will also be doing media training for the athletes attending the Championships, including how best to present yourself via social media, and encouraging the competitors with motivational speeches and advice.

The spectators and the general public will get a chance to meet the Ambassadors in a specially constructed Fan Zone alongside the famous Hayward Field stadium.

“Being an Ambassador for this meet is the most important over all my other Ambassador duties. The World Juniors will always be a special meet for me because I won my first two World titles there, and it signalled to me that I could be a world class sprinter,” said Boldon, the 1997 IAAF World Championships 200m winner and now the host of IAAF Inside Athletics.

“Friends that I made at the World Juniors in 1992, like the USA's Amy Acuff, Great Britain's Darren Campbell and Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie, are all friends to this day, so the friendships have endured. Making history as the first to ever do the sprint double at that meet is also high on my list of career accomplishments,” he added.

“I am honoured to be an ambassador for the 2014 World Junior Championships. To be part of such an important event is a humbling experience for me. To witness at first hand the future stars of our sport is very exciting for me,” said Hayes, the 2004 Olympic Games 100m hurdles champion.

“One of the important things that I would like to pass on to the new generation is that the legacy you leave starts now. How do you want to be remembered? Winning medals is always a goal and a huge part of our sport, it's great to be remembered as a winner but having the respect and admiration of colleagues is also very important,” she added.

IAAF Hall of Fame member and three-time Olympic Games gold medallist Jackie Joyner-Kersee commented: “I take great pride being able to represent the IAAF as an Ambassador for the World Junior Championship this summer. My message to the next generation is a message of hope to continue to move our sport forward.”

Blake: “I’m a Relay Person”
Written by Elena Dyachkova    Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:35   

2011 World Champion in the 100m Yohan Blake is looking forward to the inaugural IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014.

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake couldn’t defend his World sprint title last year in Moscow, having to miss the whole outdoor season through injury. And “The Beast” can’t wait to get back to some serious racing. “I’m really excited, but I’m trying to stay calm and just wait for the season to start. I’m feeling good, just working my way back and taking my time,” Blake revealed.

The hard work doesn’t stop for a second indeed. Together with his fellow Racers Track Club members Usain Bolt and Warren Weir, Blake gives 100% at every training session. He is considered to be the most intense and focused athlete in the team, and that’s where his nickname comes from. Yohan admits, that he’s quite comfortable with it, and that his fans, especially in Europe, like his beastly image a lot.

The three sprinting greats, Blake, Weir and Bolt, get along very well. “The best thing about it is that we have chemistry, we run, joke and we have fun”, Blake said. Although, outside of training sessions, you won’t see Blake, Bolt and Weir discussing track and field. “I like to take my mind off of what I do. Thinking about it too much would bring too much tension”, Blake explained. However, he has another favorite sport - cricket. He is passionately following the West Indies’ performance on the world stage and plays himself, almost every Sunday.

Another important part of Blake’s life is his foundation YB Afraid. The foundation took over the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home, providing it with everything the kids, coming from difficult life situations, might need to study, play sports and get ready for a bright future. The facility includes an IT classroom, soccer field with an artificial turf and a basketball court with a rubber surface. 26 boys, living at the home at the moment, take part in a new learning initiative Expressions Through Creativity. Within this project they take lessons in videography, photography and even cooking. The foundation plans to have another facility in Montego Bay soon, and eventually - to go international.

“Not everyone is fortunate in life, so if we can give the kids an opportunity to experience, what is going on in the world today, it’s good. I’ve been to many places in Jamaica that’s really saddening and made me cry, when I see that many people suffering, and they have a lot of talent. I try to create a better world for them,” says Blake, who is coming from an impoverished parish and has been through hard times himself.

The inaugural IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2014 for Yohan Blake might become the first major return to the track after the injury, and he is looking forward to the event. “Back when I was in high school, I used to discuss with my teammate Nickel Ashmeade and Riker Hylton, how great it would be to have a global competition for just the relays”, said Blake. “I’m a relay person, and I actually can’t wait for the Bahamas 2014,” he admitted.

2014 CARIFTA Team Manager Mrs. Philippa Arnett-Willie (podcast)
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Monday, 14 April 2014 14:16   
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Most persons are off the opinion that this CARIFTA team is one of the strongest and most experienced the Bahamas has had in many years; if one only looks at the athletic career of the team Manager Mrs. Philippa Arnett-Willie; that opinion would certainly “hold true.”

Willie brings a wealth of experience to the table not only through her association as Treasurer of the BAAA’s or even her experience in mentoring, supervising young adults through other charitable organizations but mainly from her past experience as an athlete. Many may not know but Willie is a past CARIFTA, World Championship and most of all, a past member of not one but two Olympic Games (Athens 2004 and Atlanta 1996). What an athletic career! Willie says she is very excited to join the group of very experienced athletes, chaperon's and coaches and to now take on a role from an administrative perspective.

There is great expectation for this team particularly as 75% of the athletes met the CARIFTA qualifying times; “our athletes have really progressed and one can see the growth in many of them which is evident if only for the amount of persons meeting the qualifying time, ” says an excited Team Manager. “I am very pleased with them.” The growth is also evident in the field events which The Bahamas have always had weak performances however; due to the performance and talent of the present field athletes, for the first time, The Bahamas is expected to medal.

Willie wishes the team the best and stated that as the team is working very well together, she knows that “we would have nothing but success and I am proud.”

Go team Bahamas!

2014 Carifta Games Head Coach : Rudolph Ferguson(podcast)
Written by Cherolyn Moss    Thursday, 10 April 2014 18:46   

The BAAA’s announced its 80 member team who would be competing at the 2014 CARIFTA games in Martinique April 19th – 21st, 2014; along with the team announcement was the announcement of the Head Coach Mr. Rudolph Ferguson. Ferguson who brings a wealth of knowledge to the team having managed a number of teams which includes various CARIFTA, CAC and World Indoor Championships, takes his role of Head Coach very seriously and is quite aware of the tremendous amount of hard work and commitment required for such an assignment. Coach however, quickly declares that “I am one who is not afraid or shy off from hard work as I have been doing it all my life.”

Coach shared his feelings on the team who he is certain will do very well as the team comprises of a group of experienced, very high caliber and self-motivated group of athletes. “This team is going to make their families, Coaches and The Bahamas very proud. They don’t just want to compete but they want to make the Podium; I am very excited about what they are going to do.”

Bahamas Athletics congratulates Coach Ferguson, his management team and also the hard working athletes on their appointment. Go Team Bahamas!

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