KYIV (UKR): The International Association of Athletics Federations at its Council meeting in Kiev on Saturday revealed it has prepared and submitted a questionnaire concerning the Review of the 2018 Winter Olympic Programme. As requested by the International Olympic Committee, the IAAF has included cross country running for inclusion in the programme. Leading cross country athletes including five-time World Cross Country champion Paul Tergat and the legendary Haile Gebrselassie are amongst athletes supporting the proposal. The IOC Programme Commission will study the document in August 2010 and come back to IAAF, if necessary, for further clarifications before submitting it to the IOC Executive Board for a decision. Writes David Martin.
KYIV (UKR): On the issue of women the IAAF informed that seven meetings have been held since the IOC Miami Conference in January 2010 to establish the management of cases of female athletes with a condition of hyper- androgenisation. A first protocol draft is being finalised and shall be reviewed by the group of IAAF experts. This document will be submitted to the Medical & Anti-Doping Commission, and will also be examined during a second Conference of Experts that the IOC intends to convene in October. The final version shall be presented to Council in November 2010 in Monaco for formal approval and implementation by 1st January 2011. Writes IAAF.
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