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IAAF certification requirements for national stadium

FRED STURRUP
Sports Scope

Published: Feb 15, 2013

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There is great urgency for the new Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium to be fully within the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Certification Systems in time for the CARIFTA Trials, scheduled to begin March 15. This is the case certainly, also, for this year’s version of the CARIFTA Games, scheduled for the Robinson venue March 29-April 1.

The Director of Sports Timothy Munnings has been reported saying that the certification will come in time. A question is begged.

Will the certification be Class 1 or Class 2? Of course very little information in this regard has been forthcoming. I can verify for readers that compliance with IAAF Rules 140 and 134 and is necessary for certification. Know also that without certification, no world record or world junior record will be recognized. If somehow one or more athletes were to attain a performance worthy of world or world junior record status it would be a great embarrassment to this country if there is no ratification because of a non-fully certified status of the Robinson stadium.

After each application for a world record status, the IAAF President Lamine Diack (or whoever sits in the position) and the secretary general officially confirm the time or distance. A commemorative plaque is then presented to the athlete who accomplished the feat.

IAAF Rule 140 “requires that competition facilities intended for use for competitions under IAAF Rule 12.1 (a) and for competitions under the direct control of IAAF are only held on synthetic surfaced tracks conforming to IAAF Performance Specifications for Synthetic Surfaces and which hold a current valid IAAF certificate of approval (CLASS 1 Certificate).”

To date this is not the case for the Robinson stadium.

IAAF Rule 134 “impose that all tracks intended for use under Rule 12.1 (a), (h) must conform to the stringent requirements for accurate measurement contained in IAAF rules and, more specifically, in the IAAF Manual on Track and Field Facilities (CLASS 2 Certificate).”

Whereas Class 1 Certification requires compliance with rules 140 and 134, for Class 2 Certification, only rule 134 is required.

There is a Class 3 Certification, but in all instances, the IAAF stamp of approval will come only when there is total accuracy with the measurement of the track. That’s the problem with the Robinson stadium track. A measurement adjustment is necessary.

For a record to be officially confirmed by the IAAF, the facility must have a current, valid ‘IAAF Athletics Facility Certificate’; a guarantee by the referee who must certify that all information is accurate and the officials conducting the competition are qualified and (also that) the appropriate IAAF rules are used; and lastly, an IAAF member certifies the application for a record.

It is a detailed process indeed and it all starts with certification of the facility. According to reports, the sports director says everything will be in order.

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.


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