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If you don’t have a qualifying standard how can you be World Champion?

We are where we are with the length of bans.  For failures related to 2015 onwards the “standard” ban for serious drug use has been upped to 4 years from 2 years by WADA. In last week’s news we learn… Continue Reading →

UKA Trying to Kill Cross Country?

As the cross country season about to kick off, UK Athletics (“UKA”) announced this week preliminary selection process for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China for next March.  The statement says “British Athletics will be sending men’s… Continue Reading →

A Look Back at Hayward Field and NCAA 2014 – Is this a Suitable Location for IAAF World Championship?

Back from a 3 week US trip, I’ve now had a chance to think about the NCAA’a, Hayward Field and Hayward Field’s suitability to hold a World Athletics Championships. The NCAA track and field championships are an odd affair for… Continue Reading →

Götzis 2014 – Just a few days to go!

The entry lists are now out for Götzis and the heptathlon is certainly the heavier weight of the two competitions.  A large field of 34 has been amassed with 7 athletes with PB’s of 6400 points or better (and all… Continue Reading →

Anti-Ageing Experts are the new Snake Oil Salesmen

Lauryn Williams has written this excellent blog  on supplements, anti-ageing experts and how they are the new snake oil salesmen.  Whilst I’m a million miles away from being a top class athlete, it has always amazed me that athletes take… Continue Reading →

UK Athletics Funding for 2013-14

The annual funding announcement came out from UK Athletics last week. As usual there were stories of athletes being axed and some sob stories about losing their funding. It’s not exactly an opaque process and not helped by UKA not… Continue Reading →

Moscow 2013 World Championships – A Few Reflections and Notes

Here are a few notes looking back at the IAAF 14th World Championships in Moscow. The Crowds A lot has been said about the crowds or lack of them in Moscow. The mornings were particularly sparse. The comparison to London… Continue Reading →

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