IAAF Awards 2020 World Indoors To China; Russia Still In The Hot Seat

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Below are a few notes of interest from the 212th IAAF Council Meeting currently being held in Monaco. 

2020 IAAF World Indoor Championships Awarded To China

Nanjing, China, successfully won the bid to host the 2020 IAAF World Indoor Championships over Belgrade, Serbia, and Torun, Poland. Nanjing last hosted a major track and field event in 2014 with the Olympic Youth Games.

The IAAF also announced Gydnia, Poland, as host city of the 2020 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and Minsk, Belarus, as host city of the 2020 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships.

Russia Still Banned -- For Now

The IAAF will not reinstate the Russian Athletics Federation to its membership until the nation fulfills five verification criteria, only one of which it has achieved to date ("support for the Clean Sport Movement"). According to the IAAF briefing, the Russian federation has "partly met" the requirements to improve drug testing and enforce coaching suspensions, but has thus far failed to acknowledge the McLaren findings and reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). 

The McLaren report indicates that state-sponsored doping helped over 1,000 Russian athletes cheat in 30 different sports between 2012 and 2015. 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is slated to decide on December 5 whether or not the entire Russian Athletics Federation will be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games hosted by Pyeongchang, South Korea. Only the track and field athletes were banned from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The Next Ruth Jebet Is Still Wearing A Kenyan Jersey

The transfer of allegiance process will remain frozen until at least March 2018, when the IAAF Working Group is scheduled to meet again on the topic. The group cited "a lack of understanding as to the key drivers behind some transfers." Many of the highest profile athletes from Bahrain, Turkey, and Qatar are actually Kenyan in nationality but are paid to transfer their allegiance.

Paul Chelimo Chases American 2 Mile Record & More Pre Classic Storylines

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The sole U.S. stop on the IAAF Diamond League circuit is this weekend's Prefontaine Classic. This year's event marks its final appearance at pre-construction era Hayward Field, as the University of Oregon's historic facility will undergo massive renovations this summer in preparation to host the 2021 IAAF World Championships.

Arizona State's Maggie Ewen Aiming for Triple College Closure

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The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

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Confidence Picks Featuring and Grant Holloway, LSU, And Houston

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The collegiate season ramps up this weekend with NCAA Preliminary Rounds taking place in Sacramento, California, and Tampa, Florida. In each event, the top 12 finishers advance to the 2018 NCAA Championships in Eugene. After an extremely fast indoor and outdoor season, it's easy to be confident that the fast times will continue in the postseason. 

House Of Run: Prelims & Pre-Prognostications

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The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

Jason and Kevin discuss Steven Gardiner, Noah Lyles, and Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s big performances on the streets of Boston, Mo Farah narrowing down his fall marathon decision, the athlete most likely to drop a big time at the NCAA Prelims, and the best races at this weekend’s Prefontaine Classic.

FloTrack Predicts The Top-12 Qualifiers At NCAA Prelims

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The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

Here are our official FloTrack predictions for who will qualify (top-12) for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the individual track events.

Schweizer's Double, Houston's Team Chances; West Prelim Preview

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The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

The 2018 Division I NCAA West Preliminary Round kicks off on Thursday in Sacramento, California, where every athlete's goal is a top-12 finish and a trip to Eugene. Yesterday, we looked at 10 of the biggest names competing at the 2018 DI NCAA East Preliminary Round. Today, we will do the same with the West.  

Five Races That Will Be Especially Close At NCAA Prelims

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The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

The race for the top 12 begins this Thursday in Sacramento, California, and Tampa, Florida, as the NCAA's best try to navigate the preliminary rounds and advance to Eugene. The qualifying system is clear-cut and unforgiving, making events with obvious favorites still very intriguing. Here are five of the deepest events that could lead to some intense battles for the 12 qualifying spots.  

Holloway, McLaughlin, & The 10 Brightest Stars At NCAA East Prelims

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The Road To Eugene Runs Through The NCAA DI Preliminary Rounds

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Miller-Uibo & Hunter Shine In Boston, Centro Doubles, Wilson PRs; Pro Recap

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With no Diamond League in the schedule, there was no central meeting point for the elite in track and field. Instead, the fastest in the world split up between not one but two street meets and a couple other interesting locations: a distance carnival in Los Angeles, a sprint-heavy meet in Jamaica, and a race in England that had a bar on the track.

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