Noting the two people responsible for this decision, we should also note what else it may imply, namely, that if World XC is run at 10000m, they can say that there is no need for a track 10000m championship and the latter may disappear. It is obviously wrong for women to run a different distance, but nor reason in the world to lower the men's distance. What, was there a limit of 20k on total distance that could be run in a day between men and women? They need to go the opposite route, put back the 4k and the 12k, have them for both genders, and do the champs every year.
"Two-time senior world cross-country champion and world marathon record-holder Paula Radcliffe is among those on the IAAF Cross Country Committee, the Briton having been elected into the role at the recent IAAF Congress in Beijing.
Radcliffe was one of the speakers at a global seminar on cross-country running held in Belgrade in 2013, which discussed the major issues facing cross-country participation and cross-country running in general. The seminar was chaired by the now IAAF president Seb Coe, who was then an IAAF vice president.
In his foreward to the IAAF Competition Rules 2016-17, Coe commented: â€œAs a former athlete Iâ€™m the first to understand that these rules are the bedrock of everything that an athlete or official does in the competition environment.
â€œAthletics like all sports is defined by its rules. They provide standardised boundaries for each event discipline and, in turn, clarity and understanding about the decisions taken for the entire athletics family including media and fans.â€
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