Quote Of The Day
“I applaud the IAAF and its attempt to create a meaningful world ranking system. A well thought out commercial strategy built on such rankings and void of politics is a long time coming. Unfortunately, the timing of the announcement of these rankings and the lack of regard for the US Olympic Trials system will potentially gut a collective effort in this country to promote the sport, the Olympic Games and, most importantly, the athletes chasing a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A Trials competition that starts with every athlete on the line chasing an Olympic birth through a simple 1-2-3 finish is universally understood and is unmatched in excitement and suspense. If media, spectators and the general public need a compass to navigate and understand what they are looking at, then we have all lost the race before it even begins.”
“Atlanta Track Club stands ready to work with USA Track & Field, the USOC, other national federations, sponsors and broadcasters to find a solution for the Tokyo qualifying period that allows the IAAF to build its commercial interests while respecting the needs of all constituent groups, the most important group being the athletes who are so often underrepresented in these types of conversations.”
“The leaders of this, the greatest Olympic sport, expect athletes to rise to the occasion when it matters most. Will they do the same and find a solution here? I hope so as a generation of Olympic hopefuls are depending on it.”
– Statement from Rich Kenah, Executive Director of Atlanta Track Club as well as 1997 WC bronze medalist and 2000 US Olympian.
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