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Tuesday, August 04, 2020
World Athletics World Under-20 Championships Announced

The World Athletics (WA) World Under-20 Championships has been rescheduled for August next year in Nairobi, Kenya, and is set to start a week after the end of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

A release coming out of the World Athletics Council meeting, which was held virtually, set dates for the 2021 Track and Field season where most of the events have been postponed from this year due to the effect of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The WA Council also announced “protected” dates for national championships for the next four years, allowing countries to plan their events without fear of date clashes with major meets where athletes could be contracted to compete.

Acknowledging that all the dates set were contingent on the status of the pandemic at the time of the championships, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe, said: “The disruption caused by the global pandemic has made it more difficult to schedule international events over the next two years, but we want to give as much certainty as we can to our athletes, member federations, host cities, and partners. We have done our best to choose dates that we believe are achievable and offer the best chance for our athletes and event hosts to shine on the international stage.”

The World Under-20 Championships will be held later in the year than usual, and after normally being held in mid-July, the dates set for 2021 are August 17th to 22nd, one week after the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The World Under-20 Championships was originally set for July this year but was one of the many international events that was postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Athletics also ruled that athletes who would have been in their final year of eligibility as juniors would not be eligible for the championships.

“Under the competition's rules, athletes aged 16, 17, 18 or 19 years on December 31st, 2021 will be eligible to compete,” the global body for athletics noted.

National championships will be held either June 5th-6th or July 26th-27th next year, World Athletics has ruled. In 2022 when the next World Championships will be held, the dates are June 25th-26th; in 2023 the dates will be July 8th-9th or 29th-30th and in 2024, the dates are June 8th-9th or 29th-30th.
Monday, August 03, 2020
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Competition Schedule Announced

The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has today confirmed the competition schedule for the postponed Paralympics, due to take place from August 24th to September 5th in 2021.

The Paralympic Games will feature 539 events across 22 sports, hosted at 21 venues.

In April, following Tokyo 2020's postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) agreed that they would aim to keep the new competition schedules as similar to the originals as possible.

Therefore there only a few alterations compared to what was planned for this year, with some events having different start and end times for operational reasons.

Athletes' well-being, global audiences, and sports' popularity in Japan all contributed to the timetable, Tokyo 2020 said.

Of the 300 sessions in total, 109 will include medal events.

In 18 of the 22 sports, the latest sessions will finish before 10:00pm local time to be family-friendly.

On August 25th, the day after the Opening Ceremony, the first Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medalists will be determined in the women's C1-3 3,000 meters pursuit time trial, due to take place at the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka.

Twenty-four gold medals are on offer that day - 16 coming in swimming, four in wheelchair fencing and four in track cycling.

August 29 will be "Golden Sunday", with 63 medal events being held - the most in a single day - including 20 athletics finals, four in triathlon, four in rowing, 13 in swimming and five in judo.

A further 61 medal events will be held on August 31.

Taekwondo and badminton are due to make their Paralympic debuts, with their first medals set to be determined on September 2 and September 4 respectively.

Men's and women's wheelchair tennis finals will take place on September 1 and 4.

On September 5, the closing day of the Games, a total of 15 gold-medal events are scheduled across the marathons, badminton, men's wheelchair basketball, women's sitting volleyball, and shooting.

The last medal session of the Games will be in men's wheelchair basketball.

Click Here to see the full schedule for the upcoming Paralympics Full Tokyo Paralympics 2020 website
, although organizers have warned some changes could yet be made.
Monday, July 27, 2020
Cayman Athletes Banned for Non Carifta 2019 Payments

Cayman’s Track and Field athletes have been banned from participating in sanctioned competitions, according to a letter
from Cayman Islands Athletics Association President Lance Barnes obtained by the Cayman Compass.

The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) – the regional athletics governing body – has sanctioned the CIAA over money it says Cayman’s 2019 CARIFTA Local Organizing Committee owes to several countries’ Athletics Federations, Barnes said.

“It’s very embarrassing. Not only is it embarrassing nationally, it’s an international embarrassment,” Barnes said.

The sanction prevents any athlete from the Cayman Islands from participating in any NACAC and World Athletics athletic event, including the Olympic Games, according to the letter.

The CARIFTA Championships were held in April 2019.

Barnes said the issue stems from roughly US$50,000 NACAC says Cayman’s CARIFTA organizing committee needs to refund other NACAC member federations. Those federations would have paid local organizers a “levy” of $150 per athlete, coach and other team official who planned to travel to Cayman for the CARIFTA games. That fee is meant to help cover food and accommodations.

Some countries, however, brought “extra” officials with them, according to Barnes. Upon arriving, Barnes said, those federations should have paid the local organizing committee the original $150 plus another $100 per official per night, according to NACAC policy. That money would help the local organizing committee offset the cost of housing those officials.

Instead, Barnes said, local organizers told visiting teams not to pay the additional $100 and instead to cover 100% of housing those officials. That “contravened NACAC standing policy”, according to the letter.

Barnes did not know how many regional member federations are involved, but estimated it to be fewer than 10.

Sports Ministry Chief Officer Joel Francis was head of Cayman’s local organizing committee for the games. An email sent to a spokesperson for the ministry on Sunday night was not immediately returned.

Barnes said the sanctions are especially detrimental for Cayman’s professional athletes, like Kemar Hyman. Hyman would be unable to participate in most – if any – International Track Meets until the matter is resolved.

“This has some kind of psychological effect on them as well,” Barnes said of Cayman’s athletes.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Islandstats.com Can Confirm No National Championships 2020

www.islandstats.com can confirm via an emailed question to the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) President Donna Raynor that the BNAA will not be holding the National Championships this year due to COVID-19.

Raynor said, “The BNAA Board discussed this and to put on the Championships, there are so many rules and criteria that we have to abide by as directed by World Athletics (WA) to host a Track Meet, we decided we would cancel it for this year.

Also, we wanted to be fair to the athletes who have not had a full season of training or competition.

We will continue to prepare for the Cross Country season which hopefully we will be able to hold and will have to be creative as well.”
Friday, July 17, 2020
President of NACAC Speaks with Islandstats.com

Mike Sands the President of the North America, Central America, and Caribbean (NACAC) region chatted with www.islandstats.com about Regional events including Carifta Games.

Sands was elected just ahead of the 2019 NACAC Championships and also has a seat on the World Athletics board as the area representative.

Sands said his goal is to ensure that NACAC becomes one of the most successful areas in the IAAF Family as the organization is on the verge of a transformation and NACAC has to fall in line with its requests.

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