A round-up of some of the latest news from the world of the sport, including confirmation that Matej Toth is set to miss the World Race Walking Team Champs in Rome
European competition calendar
Work is underway to restructure the competition calendar in order to create a clear and compelling narrative in the qualifying process for the European Championships, said European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen at a conference in Minsk, Belarus.
Hansen hopes to have the changes approved by the European Athletics Council in time for qualification for the 2018 European Championships in Berlin.
“Rebuilding the value of our brand calls for positive stories that grab the attention of our fans and the public. Innovation linked to our major events and other competitions will do just that,” said Hansen.
Participants representing 50 Member Federations heard several top speakers addressing issues around brand and brand building such as product development, governance, communications and social media strategy. After outlining the first steps he has taken to restore trust following the doping and corruption scandals that have rocked the IAAF, president Sebastian Coe said a package of reform proposals is currently being prepared for consultation and votes by the IAAF Member Federations, possibly at a Special Congress later this year.
Coe also spoke about the need for the IAAF to be proactive in helping clubs and other grassroots organisations to impart the history and values of athletics to youngsters to give them the foundation for making good decisions as a part of the overall fight against doping.
Toth to miss Rome
Slovakia’s world 50km race walk champion Matej Toth is back in training but he is set to miss the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Rome.
After his tibia tendon injury from a training camp in South Africa in February, Toth is set to begin specific walk training in the next two weeks. He should still be on track and in top shape for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“Im sorry I missed the first half of the season, especially when I see all the top results by other walkers, but I also want to to congratulate them,” Toth told EME NEWS.
Kilty reports good training
Britain’s Richard Kilty, speaking from a training camp in Florida, has said that “training is going very well”.
The 2014 world 60m champion plans to run a 200m in Gainesville on April 22 at the Tom Jones Invitational.
On a personal note, Kilty and his girlfriend Dovile Dzindzaletaite of Lithuania, who won the European under-23 triple jump title last year, are expecting a baby.
De Grasse at Mt. SAC Relays
Canada’s world bronze medallist Andre De Grasse is entered for both the 100m and 200m on Saturday at the 58th Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut.
Ashton Eaton is entered for the 110m hurdles and long jump, while former European champion Andrew Howe from Italy is another interesting long jump entry.
Wilfred Koffi is scheduled for the 200m and in the 400m hurdles world leader Jeshua Anderson will clash with Olympic and world silver medalist Michael Tinsley.
Mirela Lavric tests positive for meldonium
Former two-time world junior 800m champion Mirela Lavric tested positive for meldonium at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, informs rsport.ru.
Lavric was part of the Romanian team in Portland which won a bronze medal in the 4x400m relay.
The runner admitted she took the drug in December before it was added to the WADA banned list on January 1.
Lavric made the 800m semi-finals at the 2012 Olympics and has a PB of 1:59.74.
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