IAAF Council OKs masters exhibition events at 2015 Beijing worlds

Masters in the Bird’s Nest! How cool is that? Here’s how the IAAF reported a return of masters to outdoor worlds: “World Championships – Beijing, China – 22-30 August 2015. A recommendation by the Technical Delegates’ to organise Masters category exhibition events as part of IAAF World Championships was approved. Masters events (categories 50 years of age and over) will be held on one day – Saturday 29 August during the time frame of 17:00 – 18:00. Two events (one male and one female) during this time period – World Masters Athletics (WMA) to select events but not longer than 1500m and not more than 8 athletes per event.” The action came at a meeting of the IAAF Council on Sunday and Monday in Eugene, Oregon — site of the upcoming IAAF World Junior Championships. I hope to learn more details soon on the events and selection process. IAAF worlds take place a week after WMA worlds in Lyon. Unless travel expenses are covered, some athletes may have to choose one or the other.

Seven years after the Beijing Olympics, masters get to compete here.

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July 21, 2014

4 Responses

  1. sully - July 22, 2014

    Masters exhibition at the big boy and girl Worlds…What a great showcase for masters track……

  2. tb - July 22, 2014

    The M90 relays made ESPN:


  3. Rita Hanscom - July 22, 2014

    If they really want a crowd pleaser, they should do an age-graded 400 with one age group represented in each lane,with the starts placed appropriate to the age distance, so everyone finishes at the finish line. We had an age-graded 100m women’s race at Mt. Sac a few years ago. The crowd was curious about why the runners were being lined up at what appeared to be random spots closer to the finish line. The announcer explained the age-graded distances and the spectators loved it. This type of event showcases all ages in one event.

  4. Ayamba Akim - August 3, 2014

    Why fifty and over !!! …I think it should be Forty n over ..as. Usual they find some way to exclude the top masters thanks a lot xxx

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