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.

On The Run: NCAA Mile Champion Josh Kerr | Ep. 75

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NCAA mile and 1500m champion Josh Kerr of New Mexico joins Jojo and Kevin to discuss his approach to this weekend’s Mountain West Conference Championships, how his life has changed since he finished second at the Millrose Games, beating Edward Cheserek in the mile, following the collegiate scene growing up in Scotland, and choosing to attend New Mexico before he even visited the school. 

Cas Loxsom On Depression And The Realities Of Chasing The Running Dream

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We caught up with Cas Loxsom at this past weekend's USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque after the American indoor record holder dropped out of his race. 

Josh Kerr, Ednah Kurgat Highlight Mountain West Championships

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Some of the nation’s top distance runners will be action during the distance medley relay at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Ednah Kurgat, Allie Ostrander, Dillon Maggard, and Josh Kerr are all expected to play pivotal roles in their team’s chances on Thursday night. Outside of the distance medley relay, the four are expected to be in action throughout the three day meet which you can watch live on FloTrack.

Jon Davis, Isaiah Harris, Danae Rivers & More: Big 10 Champs Preview

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The Big 10 Championships take place Friday and Saturday in Geneva, Ohio, and the action is live on FloTrack. It’s a conference championships, so the meet has an added edge as teams vie for places and points. 

How The Women's 60 Hurdles Just Became The Most Dramatic Event In T&F

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A funny thing happened in the mixed zone at the Albuquerque Convention Center this past weekend at the 2018 USATF Indoor Championships.

American Citizen, Soldier, But Haron Lagat Can’t Compete For The U.S.

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On Saturday, Haron Lagat watched from his home in Colorado Springs as his teammates Paul Chelimo and Shadrack Kipchirchir finished first and second in the 3000m at the 2018 U.S. Indoor Championships. Their performances meant that the two qualified to represent the United States at the 2018 World Indoor Championships. Like Lagat, Chelimo and Kipchirchir are members of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program and are stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado. 

Mutaz Essa Barshim On Fire Entering The 2018 AIT International Grand Prix

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Top NCAA All-Americans Who Might Not Qualify For NCAA Indoors

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This weekend is the final weekend to qualify for the 2018 Division I NCAA Indoor Championships, where the top 16 individuals in each event will earn a trip to College Station to compete for an NCAA title. 

Could Christian Coleman Break Usain Bolt's 100m World Record?

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This past weekend Christian Coleman made a big splash in the track and field world with a blistering 6.34 60m run shattering Maurice Greene's official world record by .05!

Coleman Does It Again, Historic Women's Hurdles, And More Pro Highlights

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The 2018 U.S. Indoor Championships checked off all the boxes. There were American records, world records, close races for qualification spots, upsets, and unanswered questions heading into the 2018 World Indoor Championships.