The IAAF Council approved the global governing body’s new name and logo at the 217th IAAF Council Meeting which concluded 8 june 2019 in Monaco.
The new name, ‘World Athletics’, builds upon the organisation's restructuring and governance reform agenda of the past four years to represent a modern, more creative and positive face for the sport. The new brand, Council agreed, makes the sport more accessible to a wider audience while giving the global governing body the opportunity to more clearly communicate its mission as the leader of the world’s most participatory sport.
The new brand identity will begin its rollout in October after the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 and following Congress’s approval of the change to the Federation’s legal name.
The IAAF World Cross CountryChampionships were played on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Aarhus (Denmark). In the senior men, it was finally the Ugandans Joshua Cheptegei (31'40) and Jacob Kiplimo (31'44) who made the good move by peaking on the podium Kenyan Geoffrey Kamworor for a third consecutive title.
The women's senior race was won by Kenya's Hellen Obiri in 36'14, ahead of Ethiopia's Dera Dida (+ 0''2) and Letesenbet Gidey (+10 '').
In the junior boys, the Ethiopian Milkesa Mengesha (23'52) was crowned in front of his compatriot Tadesse Worku (+ 0''2) and Ugandan Oscar Chelimo (+ 0''3).
In girls, the junior title was particularly hot. The three podium contenders crossed the line at almost the same time. The Kenyan Beatrice Chebet (20'50) put on the line her two Ethiopian rivals, Alemitu Tariku and Tsigie Gebreselama (ranked in the same second).
The IAAF will elect its first female vice-president this year as it continues its efforts to ensure that women are represented at the highest levels of the sport.
As part of the widespread reforms adopted by the IAAF Congress at the end of 2016, the IAAF has added minimum gender targets into its constitution to establish parity at all levels in the sport’s governance.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, six women currently sit on the IAAF Council. That number will increase to seven at this year’s elections in September, and to 10 in 2023, before reaching parity with male Council members in 2027. Following the election of the first female vice president at this year’s IAAF Congress, two of the four vice president positions will be filled by women in 2027.
The IAAF Council established a Gender Leadership Taskforce in 2017 to work alongside the IAAF Women’s Committee to develop and organise global and regionally specific programmes to ensure a robust pipeline of eligible female candidates is available for this year’s elections and beyond.
The International Athletics Federation has announced its intention to reduce the number of disciplines in the Diamond League and to eliminate long distance races. Kenya and Ethiopia strongly oppose this decision.
the president of the Kenyan Athletics Federation found that the suppression of the 5000m and the 10,000m was "totally unfair". This debate will be discussed at the 28th Congress of the African Athletics Confederation in Abidjan on April 15th.
The Ethiopian Athletics Federation has called the IAAF decision "illegitimate". Before explaining: "This decision shows that the IAAF is ready to withdraw these two races from the World Championships. "
Following a nationwide competition, the winning design of the mascot for the Middle East’s first-ever World Athletics Championships was announced on the country’s annual National Sports Day.
Falah, an athletic falcon emblazoned in the Qatari flag’s maroon colour, was unveiled as the official mascot of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at a specially-held ceremony at Qatar Foundation’s Awsaj Academy, attended by President HE Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al-Thani, President of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) and a host of current and future Team Qatar athletes.