IAAF Council to meet in Moscow


With the next edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships set to take place in Moscow next spring, the IAAF is taking the opportunity to visit the Russian capital this week for a site visit and other meetings, culminating in the last IAAF Council Meeting of 2005 this weekend, 12/13 November.
As well as routine reports from the IAAF President, General Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, who will be presenting the 2006 edition of the IAAF Budget for discussion, there will be a lengthy debrief of the recent Helsinki World Championships.

But as well as considering the recent past, the IAAF leadership will focus its attention on the future. A lively discussion is expected on the ongoing development of the IAAF Athletics World Plan, which aims to foster long term development of athletics, as well as regarding a new structure for the global circuit of one day athletics meetings, the IAAF World Athletics Tour, which incorporates the Golden League and other IAAF permit meetings, and will climax in the IAAF World Athletics Final.

Successful competitions are the lifeblood of our sport, says IAAF President Lamine Diack, which is why our Council is working very diligently, with the support of a number of expert advisors, to approve a new circuit that can fulfil the current and future needs of our athletes, fans, sponsors and television.

Moving to Championship events, the Moscow Council will select the venues of the 2007 World Cross Country Championships, the 2007 World Road Running Championships, and the 2008 World Indoor Championships.

We have a strategy of universalism, and encourage our Member Federations to step up to the challenge of organising one of our major events, says IAAF General Secretary Istvan Gyulai. But we are also painstaking about ensuring the best possible organisation, so we are happy to have one excellent bid rather than four average ones."

"For the World Cross in 2007, Mombasa is an excellent technical candidate, but there is also an emotional context, since Kenya has produced world beating cross country runners since the early 1980s, but has never hosted this competition before. Then, for the 2007 World Road Running Championships, we have Udine in Italy, which has a tremendous reputation for organising top road racing competitions, and finally, for the 2008 World Indoor Championships, we have Valencia in Spain. This city already made a strong bid for the 2009 World Championships outdoors, organised a great edition of the European Indoor Championships in 1998, and can count on all the experience of the Spanish Athletics Federation, which is one of the IAAFs most active national partners.

Council will also hear progress reports from the organisers of the 2006 World Indoor Championships (Moscow, RUS), the World Cross Country Championships (Fukuoka, JPN), and the World Race Walking Cup (La Corua, ESP).

Other meetings:

9 November
IAAF World Plan Steering Board
Finance Commission

10 November
Development Commission
Competition Commission

11 November
TOECS Evaluation Meeting (Technical Officials Education and Certification System)

Media Briefings:

Ladoga Room of World Trade Centre (Next to Hotel Mezhdunarodnaya)
18:30 Saturday 12 November and Sunday 13 November
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