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With just three weeks to go until the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018, the IAAF is delighted to announce the five finalists for the 2018 Female Rising Star Award to recognise this year’s best U20 athlete.

The winner will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on Tuesday 4 December.

The nominees are:

Meseret Belete (ETH)
– World U20 best at half marathon with 1:07:51
– Sixth and team gold at IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Valencia 2018
– Gothenburg Half Marathon winner

Celliphine Chespol (KEN)
– World U20 champion and world U20 lead at steeplechase with 9:01.82
– African (senior) cross-country champion
– Steeplechase silvers at Commonwealth Games and African Championships

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Meskerem Mamo (ETH)
– World U20 leads at 3000m and 5000m with 8:33.63 and 15:05.21
– Bronze in 5000m at African Championships

Sydney McLaughlin (USA)
– Two world U20 bests or records at both 400m hurdles and indoor 400m with 52.75 and 50.36i respectively
– World (senior) lead at 400m hurdles with 52.75
– US collegiate champion at 400m hurdles

Briana Williams (JAM)
– World U20 champion at both 100m and 200m
– Carifta Games U17 champion at both sprints and 4x100m




With just three weeks to go until the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018, the IAAF is delighted to announce the five finalists for the 2018 Male Rising Star Award to recognise this year’s best U20 athlete.

The winner will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on Tuesday 4 December.

The nominees are:

Selemon Barega (ETH)
– IAAF Diamond League champion at 5000m with a world U20 record of 12:43.02, the world’s quickest time since 2005
– World indoor silver at 3000m
– Fourth at World U20 and African Championships 5000m

Jordan Diaz (CUB)
– World U20 lead at triple jump with 17.41m, a world U18 best
– World U20, Youth Olympic and (senior) North/Central American & Caribbean champion
– Central American & Caribbean Games silver

Armand Duplantis (SWE)
– European (senior) champion at pole vault with a world-leading height of 6.05m, which has been bettered outdoors only by Sergey Bukba
– World U20 champion
– Eight world U20 records or bests, indoors and out

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Jakob Ingebrigtsen (NOR)
– European (senior) champion at 1500m and 5000m
– World U20 lead at 1500m with 3:31.18
– World U20 silver at 1500m and bronze at 5000m

Rhonex Kipruto (KEN)
– World U20 champion and world U20 lead at 10,000m with 27:21.08
– Two world U20 bests and world senior lead at road 10km with 26:46, just two seconds outside the senior world record
– African junior cross-country champion


Zenith Bank Hails NFF on Future Eagles’ Progress

Banking giants, Zenith International Bank PLC has heaped encomiums on the Nigeria Football Federation for the progress the Federation has made with the Nigeria cadet teams since the signing of the partnership agreement between both establishments a couple of years ago.

The partnership birthed the Future Eagles’ U13/ U15 project, on the wings of the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championships.

The heartwarming words of praise were showered on the NFF leadership by the GMD/CEO of Zenith Bank PLC, Mr. Peter Amangbo when the NFF, led by the its President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, presented the U15 National Team, Future Eagles, to its partners at Zenith International Bank PLC headquarters in Lagos. There were also 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi and NFF Executive Committee members Aisha Falode and Ganiyu Majekodunmi.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick with ZENITH International Bank’s GMD/CEO Peter Amangbo.

Speaking at the event, Amangbo expressed delight at the work done so far by the Federation with regards to the Future Eagles, as well as the talents already produced through the project, whilst also encouraging the lads to maintain discipline and focus on their chosen careers.

“I feel delighted to have you all here. I want to thank the NFF for the great job they’ve done in the last few years. We have never had it this good. Everyone recognises the revolution that has taken place in Nigerian football. From today, you are now members of the Zenith family.

“Times are changing and you must start the right way. You all have a great future ahead of you. Football has gone to another level. For you to achieve your full potential, the most important thing is you must be very disciplined. If there’s no discipline and you don’t listen to your coaches, you will waste your talents.

“Those making waves today started like you, but to accomplish their goal, they maintained discipline. Have it at the back of your minds to avoid taking substances, smoking and drinking excessively as these are capable of destroying careers,” Amangbo said.

On his part, NFF President Pinnick commended Zenith Bank for being the first sponsor that came on board in his first year as President of the NFF, as he observed that the relationship has continued to blossom over the years.

NFF top officials with Management of ZENITH International Bank.

He also joined in appealing to the top management of the leading financial institution to consider a proposal by Ms. Aisha Falode for the integration of a Future Falcons U13/U15 project to fish out talented girl footballers.

“NFF/Zenith Future Eagles’ program has helped achieve our dream when we were first elected four years ago. We thank the Chairman of Zenith Bank, Mr. Jim Ovia and the Board and Management. Without your support, we would not have been able to discover and raise what is now widely described as the future of Nigerian football.

“I would like to support the call by Ms. Falode for Zenith Bank to also invest in women football by adding a Future Falcons Project because it will help in promoting the game from the cradle with the girl child.

“The Super Falcons, by the way, are the most successful national team in the country, having won the Africa Women Cup of Nations a record eight times,” Pinnick stated.

Amangbo assured that the bank will look into the proposal.

The leadership of NFF and Management of ZENITH International Bank in group photograph with the Nigeria U15 boys, Future Eagles, on Friday.

Earlier, 1st Vice President of the NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi revealed that the composition of the Future Eagles that came for the courtesy visit included a Future Eagles’ product of the 2015 set, Wale Ali who has now progressed to the U20 Boys National Team, Flying Eagles, and members of the Future Eagles who were part of the WAFU B Nations Cup triumph in Niger Republic and those in the silver medal–winning Nigeria team to the 2nd African Youth Games in Algeria earlier in the year.

Also in attendance with the members of the Future Eagles team at the Zenith Bank headquarters were Coach Danladi Nasidi, Mr. Adewale Adeyinka (Team Administrator), Mr. Dotun Coker, Coach Siji Lagunju (Assistant Director, Technical) and Ayodele Ibidapo.


Ticket packages for the widely anticipated IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 are now on sale to fans and families across the world, with seat prices starting from as little as €14 for the event to be staged in Qatar between September 27 – October 6, 2019.

The exciting announcement was made by the Local Organising Committee alongside the IAAF in Doha today with going live online for the first time at 16:00 local Doha time on the official championships website.

The 17th edition of the IAAF World Athletics Championships is set to take the sport towards a new future by inspiring new fans, new athletes and new audiences of all ages and interests with a host of innovations, including a revamped competition schedule to create more intense action in single evening sessions and a new range of ticketing options.

And with 45 weeks to go momentum is building. Since revealing to the world the state-of-the-art Khalifa International Stadium and showcasing the revolutionary in-stadium air-conditioning technology during the 1 year to go celebrations in September, organisers have received registrations of interest from literally all corners of the world. Fans as far and wide as Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cameroon, Chile, South Africa to Sri Lanka and as close to Doha as Azerbaijan, Jordan, Syria and Tunisia, have all sought ticket information and registered for tickets.

With tickets now on sale, excitement for the first World Athletics Championship to be staged in the Middle East is expected to spread even further. Avid athletics fans can select from an array of options which allow them to follow their champion, sit in traditional Arab cushioned Majlis seating or choose finish line seats. Whilst for those new to athletics, affordable taster options have been made available to purchase. Family and group discounts are also on offer for those looking to attend with their families or groups of friends or colleagues from work.

Notable ticket offerings now available include:

Price for individual ticket – day by day:

Category A – Open seating: 60.00 QAR (14 Euro)
Follow Your Champion A- Allocated seating: 150.00 QAR (35 Euro)
Follow Your Champions B- Allocated seating: 120.00 QAR (28 Euro)
Finish Line- Allocated seating: 300.00 QAR (71 Euro)
Ticket Packages:

Family Package: 2 Adults (Full Price) + 2 Children from age 2-12 (-25%)
Group Package 1: Mininun10- maximum 49 tickets (-15%) – contact
Group Package 2: 50 tickets onward (-18%) – contact
Special Needs: Wheelchair access (-50%) + 1 accompanying (-20%)

Today’s launch marks exactly 320 days to go to the start of the championships, and Qatar is ready to host the biggest sporting event in the nation and region’s history by considering every option to engage fans.

This latest milestone of tickets going on sale is a further example of the innovative approach and ambitions of both the IAAF and the Local Organising Committee to connect the world of athletics to new horizons and new opportunities.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe
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Speaking at the launch event of the World Championships Doha 2019, Vice Chairman and Director General of the Local Organising Committee and Vice President of the IAAF, Dahlan Al Hamad, said:

“Today is another positive step forward for athletics and further proof of Qatar’s commitment to welcome the world to Doha. As the pricing and flexible ticket offerings show, our approach is simple. We want to make it as easy and enjoyable for as many people as possible to be our guests. We want people from all corners of the world to come and experience the warmth of our hospitality, our world-class facilities and our pleasant September climate. We want fans to witness the best athletes on the planet compete head to head over 10 dramatic days of competition but and, at the same time, get to know the people and the real Qatar. A young, ambitious, safe and progressive nation.”

In the coming months, the Local Organising Committee will move forward in the next phase of its preparations and outreach programme by finalising full travel packages to Doha, including flights, hotels and transfers. The official championship travel packages are expected to be launched during January 2019. With direct flights from over 110 destinations, a simple visa process plus a stadium that is located centrally, only 15 minutes from Doha’s downtown area of West Bay, expectations are high for inbound travelling fans and families.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe added: “Going live with tickets is a big moment in any major championship and the Doha Organising Committee has worked hard to create an event that suits its climate, is fun and exciting for fans with some innovations and flair and provides optimal conditions for the athletes to excel.

“Athletics is looking ahead. We have a new country and new innovations ready to embrace new fans and new opportunities with new formats and ticket options as part of a global event. Whether it is Doha, Tokyo, Nanjing or Eugene, we are looking at our sport with a fresh perspective and fresh eyes. For Doha 2019, we have a trusted partner that is as willing to be creative and bold. And the nation’s track record in our sport is further commitment that they share our vision to grow the sport. The IAAF has hosted events in Qatar for the last 21 years, so we know the people and the country, and we hope the world of athletics gets to know them too.”

To date, much of the fan and media interest has already focused on the first-ever midnight marathon along Doha’s beautiful corniche and a first 4x400m mixed relay in an IAAF World Championships, each designed to maximise fan entertainment and global reach. The programme will replace morning sessions with split evening sessions. One-hour intervals will be incorporated into each session to combine entertainment and family-centred activities with the excitement of the competitive action.


Al Hamad continued: “As highlighted in September with our 1 year to go celebrations, our stadium is complete and the infrastructure ready. With 45 weeks to go everything is now in place to guarantee the best possible experience for the 3,500 athletes and officials from more than 200 nations. But equally important is the fan experience and the memories we create for those attending. A world-class stadium needs a vibrant atmosphere. Athletes need to feed off that energy. Beyond the physical infrastructure, the welcome from the host nation and the excitement in the stadium, that is what people remember most. This will be our focus and we will work with our partners and the IAAF to inspire and welcome as many fans as possible from our own community and beyond.”

Preparations at every level are moving forward with Doha continuing to further establish itself as sporting capital and Middle Eastern home for athletics in the countdown to IAAF’s flagship event. Multiple world championships over the past decade have taken place in Doha including swimming, handball, boxing and IPC athletics. In recent weeks, Doha has added to that list by successfully staging the 48th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

Immediately following the ticket launch event, the planning and testing will continue with site visits and workshops for the World Broadcast Media. Looking further ahead into 2019, Doha is preparing to host the IAAF council meeting in March, the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in April 2019, the official test event for the World Championships and the IAAF Diamond League meeting in May.

For further information and to purchase tickets IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, visit the official championships website.


The 3rd edition of the Bet9ja Lagos Women Run will hold on November 10, 2018 from 6.30 am and will start off from the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island and finish at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.

The Lagos Women run race, is a 10km race, taking runners through 15 historical locations in the old colonial Lagos, including Race Course, Tinubu Square, The National Museum, The Old Nigerian Prison Grounds (now Freedom Park), The Carter Bridge, The African Church Cathedral, The National Theatre Iganmu, to mention a few.

The Coordinator of the Run, Tayo Popoola, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that one of the objectives of the Lagos Women Run, in addition to bringing to limelight the social and economic issues facing the womenfolk in Lagos and Nigeria, is to also become a major tourist event.

With over 10,000 people registered, she said the turnout would be an improvement over last year’s edition.

While unveiling the new plans ahead of the 2018 edition of the race slated to hold on Saturday November 10, 2018, Head of Marketing, Bet9ja, Mr. Tunji Meshioye said that “Bet9ja was proud to be the headline sponsors of the Lagos Women Run2018.”

He said not a lot of brands pay attention to women and women activities these days and that needs to change.

“At Bet9ja we see it as our responsibility to push women’s agenda, and help get the women folk more attention to causes that concern them.” He said.

Nigeria’s leading bookmaker, Bet9ja urged women to take advantage of the opportunity to come out and have fun while keeping fit at the event which is the first and only marathon race for women in Nigeria.


The IAAF yesterday (2nd November 2018) accepted the resignation of Vetting Panel Chair, Barrister Akere Muna.

Mr Muna, who was a candidate in the recent Presidential election in the Republic of Cameroon, tendered his resignation following a judgment by the Cameroon courts based on what he describes as a politically motivated accusation. He is actively appealing the judgment.

Mr Muna was appointed Chair of the IAAF Vetting Panel in February 2017 and together with Mr Don MacKinnon and Prof. Dr. Mark Pieth established the IAAF inaugural Vetting Panel and delivered over two hundred and sixty (260) vetting decisions in this time.

In his resignation, Mr Muna said: “I have spent the last twenty-five years defending the cause of ethics and good governance in my country and across the globe, often leading to reprisals from the status quo. Whilst I am saddened to leave the IAAF I am confident that my resignation under these circumstances will only reinforce the ideals of ethics and integrity which the IAAF now represents and promotes. I am proud of the work that the Vetting Panel has undertaken and the role we have played in the important reforms that are being implemented across the sport of athletics. I am also confident that, with the other members of the Panel who are world-acclaimed experts, the foundation has been laid for this pioneer process to remain sustainable.”

Commenting on the resignation, IAAF President, Sebastian Coe said: “I would like to thank Mr Muna on behalf of the IAAF Council and his colleagues on the Vetting Panel for the sterling work he has done in establishing the IAAF Vetting Panel and reviewing over 200 individual applications. His decision to resign at this time is testament to the high standards of integrity he holds himself to and that he brought to the position and work conducted by the IAAF Vetting Panel.”

The IAAF Vetting Panel will now be chaired by existing member Don Mackinnon, in an acting capacity subject to formal approval by the IAAF Council, and recruitment will begin to find a third person to join the Panel.



The series of nine individual meetings in four different countries which make up the 2018/2019 IAAF Cross Country Permit series will kick off in ten days time with the Cross de Atapuerca on Sunday 11 November.

The Atapuerca race, held near the Spanish city of Burgos, has served as the curtain raiser for the series several times in recent years. To mark its 15th running, the winners of nine of the last ten men’s races will be on the start line next weekend, including Imane Merga of Ethiopia, the winner of five straight editions from 2011-15.

Others who’ll make up the impressive gathering include Spain’s Alemayehu Bezabeh, the 2008 winner; 2010 champion Teklemariam Medhin of Ethiopia, who took world cross country silver earlier that year behind surprise winner Joseph Ebuya but defeated the Kenyan in Burgos; 2016 winner Aweke Ayalew of Bahrain; and defending champion Getaneh Molla of Ethiopia. Only Gebre Gebremariam, the winner in 2009 who retired in 2015, won’t be on the start line.

The women’s race will also feature recent champions. So far, organisers have attracted Ethiopians Senbere Teferi, the winner in 2016 and 2017, and her compatriot Belaynesh Oljira, the 2014 and 2015 winner, for another return engagement.

During the course of the three months after Atapuerca, many of the world’s finest distance runners will take part in the series that showcases the strength of cross-country running as the IAAF pushes for the discipline to return to the Olympic programme. Its appeal was clearly illustrated with its inclusion at the Youth Olympic Games last month.

“It has long been our desire to see cross-country running back in the Olympic Games,” IAAF President Sebastian Coe said.

“We see the inclusion of cross-country in the programme for the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires as the first step towards its return to the main programme of the Olympic Games.

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“Cross-country is the endurance bedrock on which all middle and long distance running is based and we believe it deserves this recognition.”

The permit series takes on added significance this season as it acts as a lead-in to the IAAF/Mikkeller World Cross Country Championships Aarhus 2019 which take place on Saturday 30 March in the Danish city.

As always, the Cross Country Permit section of the IAAF website will provide in-depth coverage of all the action, including previews, reports and results.

IAAF Cross Country Permit calendar 2018/19:
11 Nov – Cross de Atapuerca, Burgos, ESP
18 Nov – Cross Internacional de Soria, Soria, ESP
25 Nov – Cross Internacional de la Constitucion, Alcobendas, ESP
6 Jan – Campaccio-International Cross Country, San Giorgio su Legnano, ITA
13 Jan – Cross Internacional Juan Muguerza, Elgoibar, ESP
19 Jan – Northern Ireland International Cross Country, Belfast, GBR
20 Jan – Cross Internacional de Italica, Sevilla, ESP
27 Jan – Cinque Mulini, San Vittore Olona, ITA
3 Feb – Almond Blossom Cross Country, Albufeira, POR