• SlowMo replied to the topic GNR / Forum in the forum Current events 6 days, 7 hours ago

    Forum seems to have suffered a near fatal blow from its admin. Hopefully it won’t remain in this state with mostly the wrong usernames and invisible (for me) log-in prompt.

  • SlowMo replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 2 months, 1 week ago

    Of the sports I follow I don’t think there is one in which the ranking system has not been heavily criticised on forums like this. The rankings were always being called flawed and much worse. Nevertheless not one of those sports has abandoned rankings and they are all a central part of the debate and presentation of their sport. FIFA’s ran…[Read more]

  • SlowMo replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 2 months, 1 week ago

    Laps wrote:
    Except that 2:00 in most national championships would probably win it, gaining 140 points, whereas 2:03 in a DL would probably put you plumb last with 0 placing points.
    In the hierarchy of meetings I cannot see that Diamond Leagues are particulary favourably treated all things considered, although obviously higher scoring than other…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months, 1 week ago

    Never could see why Philipo gets so het up by the fact we are very poor at some events. Every nation is. The stats (presented on various threads in the past) tell you that all but the USA are useless at more events than us.
    As my intention is to enjoy athletics, both UK and other nations, I concentrate on what is enjoyable.
    If the Public ->…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Doha 2019 in the forum Current events 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    So Steve this is getting way off the subject of Doha and Coe, but you are the one changing the subject.

    What exactly was McClaren comparing it with when he described London 2012 as “corrupted on an unprecedented scale”. From my reading of his report it seems that they found 78 Russian participants across all sports with tampered samples, of…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Doha 2019 in the forum Current events 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Steve

    As Philipo said – unworthy and rather foolish. It’s what happens when you let heart and gut rule your head.

    Cobblers was obviously aimed at your opinion incorporating the phrase ‘The Russians devalued ‘his’ Games of 2012’. Those games were six years ago. The perception of them as one of the most successful games ever was cemented years ago…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Doha 2019 in the forum Current events 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Well the whole point of the IAAF reforms was to share power within the structure so that the organisation is no longer vulnerable to the type of autocratic governance and corruption that plagued it in the past. As far as the general conduct of the IAAF is concerned I am sure that the buck does stop with Coe and the CEO, and they are responsible…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Doha 2019 in the forum Current events 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Well the whole point of the IAAF reforms was to share power within the structure so that the organisation is no longer vulnerable to the type of autocratic governance and corruption that plagued it in the past. As far as the general conduct of the IAAF is concerned I am sure that the buck does stop with Coe and the CEO, and they are responsible…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Doha 2019 in the forum Current events 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Steve

    I can see that you have forgotten, yet again, that Coe’s first move as IAAF president was to banish the president’s powers in favour of a committee system. So you can forget the personal in all of this. These are the IAAF’s proposals, Coe only the mouthpiece jointly delivering them. Still I personally wouldn’t be that enthusiastic to be…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Doha 2019 in the forum Current events 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Steve

    I can see that you have forgotten, yet again, that Coe’s first move as IAAF president was to banish the president’s powers in favour of a committee system. So you can forget the personal in all of this. These are the IAAF’s proposals, Coe only the mouthpiece jointly delivering them. Still I personally wouldn’t be that enthusiastic to be…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    He seemed to thrive chasing a very fast even pace. Hopeless when tactics, front running or a change of pace required. It takes all sorts.

  • You wouldn’t want to bet on that? 😉

  • Seems to me that the planets only have to align once this season for him to break the record. The rest of the time he may mess up. So enough chance to risk a prediction.

  • Seems to me that the planets only have to align once this season for him to break the record. The rest of the time he may mess up. So enough chance to risk a prediction.

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Entered in Doha – Bradshaw, Green, Mitchell-Blake, McColgan.
    With the Mens High Jump quite early in proceedings hopefully enough Qatari interest later on to stop the crowd going home halfway through.

  • replied to the topic New IAAF Rules on Testosterone in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    But is Caster Semenya a woman in any other sense than parental choice at the time of birth, upbringing and choice to pursue women’s athletics? In Athletics and Para-Athletics categories are determined by physiology which is a different matter altogether.

  • replied to the topic New IAAF Rules on Testosterone in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    If only it was that simple. Where there is a division between men’s and women’s sport human decisions inevitably come into play.
    Having categories for intersex athletes would be a way of recognising the variety of nature whilst seeking inclusion but with fair competition, but unlike the IAAF scientist I cannot see that happening.

  • replied to the topic New IAAF Rules on Testosterone in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    Well, in the long term, it’s the existence of elite women’s athletics which is at stake and you would expect the IAAF to defend that, wouldn’t you? Perhaps women’s athletics has no future and the sport will go ‘open’ which would be the logical outcome of the march towards personal gender choice, including decisions made at birth. I think that…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic New IAAF Rules on Testosterone in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    Steve

    It hasn’t been said yet but presumably the scientific research was not broad enough in its scope for the IAAF to be confident it could withstand legal challenges if the testosterone limit was applied to all events. One would hope that further research will be commissioned sooner rather than later. You would think that legal challenges are…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic New IAAF Rules on Testosterone in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    Steve

    It hasn’t been said yet but presumably the scientific research was not broad enough in its scope for the IAAF to be confident it could withstand legal challenges if the testosterone limit was applied to all events. One would hope that further research will be commissioned sooner rather than later. You would think that legal challenges are…[Read more]

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