Aussie’s analysis of Sacto no-show rates is wakeup call to WMA
Over time, various posts have either focused or touched on the number of entries and actual participantsÂ for various athletic championships, be they the USA masters or the world masters.
Most recently, Francois Bontemps put forward some proposals to âimprove championship organization.â One of his proposals focused on âconfirmation of participation.â ie. when there is no confirmation of entry prior to the first round of heats (or jumps or throws competitions) an unfair balance in events can occur.
Organizers seem to have dispensed with declaration or advanced confirmation by athletes inÂ World Championships Stadia with only Porto Alegre, recently,Â enforcing the process whereby a declaration card had to be submittedÂ the evening prior to the respective event.Â
As indicated by Francois, this has resulted in many first-round heats having only two or three participants competing.Â Organizers try to have races run to schedule, and surely combining runners (following declarations) into full fields will assist. One could also assume that fewer events to be held would result in the need for fewer stadia. Four for Lyon seemed excessive.
Also, it does not lend to interested spectator viewing when two or three runners compete in an event.
After competing at worlds Sacramento in 2011, IÂ (extensively) analyzed and documented the entry data across all disciplines and compared it with actual starters inÂ first-round competition. The figures do not include DNFs or DQs in races/events as scratching. They focus on entrants who did not turn up (for whatever reason) to compete in the first round of an event.
I have attached a summary sheet detailing what I found and which is based on seven cumulative pages of data for every event and each age group.
A few points of note include:
- Overall male scratching/non attendance was higher (31.04%) than for females (22.12%).Â
- Track events had the highest percentage of scratching (36.29% and 28.58%).
- The 400m events and the hurdle events had an exceptionally high percentage of scratching.
- A high percentage of athletes scratching were U.S.-based.
I am currently analyzing entries and first-round attendance for all WMA Stadia Championships commencing with Riccione in 2007 up to Perth last year as an exercise in comparison. Early figures indicate a similar trend to Sacramento.
The info may be of interest/use to bodies such as the Toronto LOC and any others contemplating bidding for future championships as a number of benefits could be interpreted from the information. I noted in the âAudit of the Sacramento Regions Sports Foundationâ report (page 9) that an estimate of Dorm Housing and Hotel Commission income was considerablyÂ reduced in May 2011 from an original estimate in December 2010 byÂ $215,830.