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Ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, the first day of the49th IAAF Congress played host to the 1st IAAF World Athletics Forum, providing an environment for lively and open debate among Congress delegates about the future of athletics.

This new IAAF initiative, held at the Crowne Plaza at Moscow’s World Trade Center, was chaired by IAAF President Lamine Diack and welcomed seven speakers and 17 panellists, each from a different country, as they provided expert and diverse perspectives and insights from both inside and outside the athletics family.

The first keynote address was delivered by Soichi Takahasi, general manager of international sports at Dentsu. He spoke about the current environment for sports in general, looking at where athletics stands in relation to other sports in terms of audience and viewership. Takahashi also touched upon the most popular platforms in sport as well as the major marketing and consumer trends. Read more


08 Aug | Alistar Clarke set to make international debut for SKN

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Budding sprinter Alistair Clarke is eager to make his international debut for St. Kitts and Nevis at the 2013 IAAF World Championships slated to begin later this week.

In an interview with SKNVibes, Clarke stated how his training has been going in the lead up to the Championships.

 “I am very prepared as prepared as I think I can be right now. I am feeling very confident. I hope my performance in the heat can justify my feelings.” Read more
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The IAAF Dinner, held on the eve of the IAAF Congress ahead of the 2013 IAAF World Championships, was held on Tuesday (6) at Moscow’s Gostiny Dvor.

Located just 150 metres from the Kremlin, the grand structure was built by famed architect Giacomo Quarenghi more than 200 years ago. Surrounded by columns and classic arcs, the granite-paved courtyard houses the largest single-span glass roof in Europe, covering an area of 120,000 square metres.

So what better setting to welcome the guests of the IAAF World Championships, where more than 200 countries will be represented. Read more


Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter of Jamaica celebrate victory and a World record in the men's 4x100 metres relay final (Getty Images) © Copyright Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter of Jamaica celebrate victory and a World record in the men's 4x100 metres relay final  (Getty Images)Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter of Jamaica celebrate victory and a World record in the men's 4x100 metres relay final (Getty Images) © Copyright Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter of Jamaica celebrate victory and a World record in the men's 4x100 metres relay final  (Getty Images)Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nesta Carter of Jamaica celebrate victory and a World record in the men's 4x100 metres relay final (Getty Images) © Copyright.


With the 14th edition of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow set to burst out of the blocks on Saturday 10 August for nine days of scintillating competition, the athletes are fine tuning their final preparations for the premier athletics event of the year.

A galaxy of stars are set to descend on the Russian capital, led by the incomparable Usain Bolt, who two years ago at the 2011 edition in Daegu retained his 200m title and landed back-to-back 4x100m titles as part of the Jamaican team.

For the latter performance, Bolt – running alongside Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake –  set a World record of 37.04 and his team was rewarded with an additional World record bonus of US$ 100,000, presented with the support of two of the IAAF’s partners: TDK (for the men’s events) and Toyota (for the women’s events). Read more

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The IAAF Council chaired by President Lamine Diack today met in the Radisson Royal Hotel, Moscow, at the start of a packed fortnight in the capital of the Russian Federation, highlighted by the 49th IAAF Congress(7 & 8) and the 14th of the IAAF World Championships (10 to 18).

The meeting was officially opened by the Deputy Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov, who thanked the Council for giving Russia the “great honour and responsibility of holding such a great championships.” Read more

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The IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013 will be held in the Russian capital between 10 to 18 August and will witness the most comprehensive anti-doping programme in the history of the 30-year-old event.

Below is a brief Q-and-A to explain the far-reaching strategy designed to catch the cheats.

Q: What is the IAAF’s approach to testing during the World Championships?

A: The IAAF order the tests, supervise the tests and check that they carried out in the proper way both for in-competition tests at the World Championships and out-of-competition tests for athletes on the IAAF’s registered testing programme.

At the World Championships the IAAF are involved with the practical and field aspects of the implementation of the doping tests. Read more


04 Aug | Brijesh Lawrence says preparation for World Games going well

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – IN an effort to better their performance at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, athletes representing the twin-island Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis are currently engaged in a very rigorous training programme to combat their counterparts the world over.

In an interview with SKNVibes, one of the athletes, Brijesh Lawrence, stated how preparation has gone thus far.

 “So far, training has been really good and I am feeling that I can come out and give 100 percent of the best effort I can.”
He briefly highlighted how the season has played out and pointed out what is his current focus. Read more
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The IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013, which will take place in the Russian capital from 10 to 18 August 2013, is set to be the biggest ever IAAF championship.

With the deadline for the Final Entries now closed, no fewer than 206 IAAF Member Federations have confirmed their participation.

The previous highest number of nations present at an IAAF World Championships was 200 at both Seville 1999 and Berlin 2009.

With a total of 1974 athletes having been entered (1106 men and 868 women), the record of for participants is also on course to be broken as the previously most attended Championships in terms of athletes was Berlin 2009 with 1895.

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29 Jul | Kim Collins in conflict of interest situation; SKNAAA clears air on 20% levy

SKNAAA releases financial documents to press

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE recent controversial issue surrounding the St. Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletics Association’s (SKNAAA) and Kim Collins’ response of his non-participation at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as the Federation’s athletes’ disappointment over the 20 percent levy on their gross earnings, has unearthed some startling revelations.

On Thursday (Feb. 16), SKNVibes broke the news that the Federation’s athletes who will be selected to compete in the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships will have to pay the SKNAAA a fee equal to 20 percent of the gross amounts earned at the meet.

This media house contacted the association’s PRO, Evris Huggins, who in an exclusive interview said the decision was made in an effort to recoup expenses incurred and to maintain the current development programmes of the nation’s junior athletes. Read more

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28 Jul | Lord Coe poised to become IAAF

Lord Coe looks poised to become the most powerful man in world athletics after Lamine Diack confirmed that he would be stepping down as president of the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2015 and would be recommending a successor without the need for an election.

Lord Coe poised to become IAAF president after Lamine Diack confirms he will step down

Plenty to smile about: Lord Coe is interviewed by Colin Murray during day two of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games Photo: GETTY IMAGES

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