2019 PACIFIC GAMES COUNTDOWN
FOR SELECTION CRITERIA AND QUALIFYING STANDARDS
2019 PACIFIC GAMES COUNTDOWN
The 2019 XVI Fiji Games Athletics Program will be held on Saturday the 20th of April as Athletics Fiji look towards bettering their outing from the 2015 Pacific Games and the 2017 Mini Pacific Games.
Medals will be awarded to the top 3 finishes per event in the Open Grade.
The squad’s preparations have been boosted by the return of reigning Pacific Games 100m sprint champion Banuve Tabakaucoro who has clocked 10.52s this season.
Kameli Sauduadua, Petero Veitaqomaki, Heleina Young, Shawntell Lockington, Ana Kaloucava and Eugene Vollmer have also been in top form producing season’s and personal bests throughout the 2018-2019 season.
Also in top form is USA based Mustafa Fall who’s consistently thrown over 16m this year in the shot put. There will also be some High School athletes who will use this year’s Coke Games to try and solidify their place if not push their way into the team.
Athletics Fiji is hoping to see an improvement of performances for the next couple of months as well as looking out for any outstanding performances during the three day Coca Cola Games that begin next week Tuesday (16/04/2019).Program
Story by: Athletics Fiji (12/0/2019)
The IAAF Council has approved the qualification system and entry standards for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the timetables for three World Athletics Series events to be held in 2020, at its meeting in Doha today.
In the first session of the two-day meeting, HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad al-Thani welcomed the IAAF Council to Doha, which will host the IAAF World Athletics Championships from September 27 to October 6 this year.
HE Sheikh Joaan, the president of the Local Organising Committee, emphasised his and the country’s commitment to staging a world-class athletics championship in Doha later this year. He also reiterated the work the Doha 2019 Organising Committee is undertaking to put operational plans in place and prepare for the Asian Athletics Championships in April, which will be a test event for the World Championships
Athletes will have more opportunities to achieve the Olympic entry standards under the new system, which extends the qualification window by two months for most events. This will start on 1 May 2019 (instead of 1 July 2019), to include more international competitions such as the IAAF Diamond League, and end on 29 June 2020.
The qualification period for the marathon and 50km race walk will close at the end of May 2020 (instead of 29 June), to give the qualified athletes more time to prepare specifically for the Games.
After extensive consultation with key stakeholders, the Council has decided to introduce a dual qualification system, combining both the entry standards and the new World Ranking System, to determine which athletes are eligible for Olympic selection in 2020.
Under this new qualification process, an athlete can qualify for the 2020 Olympics in one of two ways:
The process is designed to achieve about 50 percent of the target numbers for each event through entry standards and the remaining 50 percent through the IAAF world ranking system.
The IAAF consulted with the Competition, Athletes’ and Coaches’ Commissions prior to this decision and will continue working with the Athletes’ Commission, the Athletes Representatives (ARs) and the Member Federations (MFs) to ensure the qualification system is well understood. Workshops will be scheduled with athletes, ARs and MFs during this year.2020 Olympics Qualifying Standards
Story by: IAAF (10/03/2019)
The 2019 Athletics Fiji Grand Prix Series will be held in conjunction with Athletics Fiji’s second Pacific Games trials. There will be 3 rounds held on 3 consecutive weekends starting with round 1 this weekend (8th & 9th February).
Grand Prix events contested are the 100m, 400m, 800m, 5000m, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put. Points will be based on the IAAF Scoring Table, tallied up at the end of third round and winners awarded accordingly.
Prize per Grand Prix Event:
Day 1 – Friday 8th February, 2019
6.00pm - 100m Open Women/Men (GP) JavelinOpen Women/Men
6.15pm - 50m Boys/Girls U9/U10/U11
6.30pm - 800mOpen Women/Men (GP) Long Jump Open Women/Men (GP) High JumpOpen Women (GP)
6.45pm – 75m Boys/Girls U9/U10/U11
7.00pm – 100m Hurdles Open Women 110m Hurdles Open Men
7.30pm - 5000m Open Men/Women (GP) Discus ThrowOpen Women/Men
8.00pm - 400m Open Women/Men (GP)
8.30pm - 4x100m RelayOpen Women/Men
Day 2 – Saturday 9th February, 2019
6.00pm - 1500m Open Women/Men Hammer Throw Open Women/Men
6.30pm - 200m Open Women/Men Triple JumpOpen Women/Men High JumpOpen Men (GP)
7.00pm - 400m Hurdles Open Women/Men Shot Put Open Women/Men (GP)
7.30pm - 30000m Steeple Chase Open Men
8.00pm – 4x400m RelayOpen Women/Men
Story by: Athletics Fiji (07/02/2019)