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206 nations set to compete at the IAAF World Championships

The IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013, which will take place in the Russian capital from 10 to 18 August 2013, is set to be the biggest ever IAAF championship.

With the deadline for the Final Entries now closed, no fewer than 206 IAAF Member Federations have confirmed their participation.

The previous highest number of nations present at an IAAF World Championships was 200 at both Seville 1999 and Berlin 2009.

With a total of 1974 athletes having been entered (1106 men and 868 women), the record of for participants is also on course to be broken as the previously most attended Championships in terms of athletes was Berlin 2009 with 1895.



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Usain Bolt arrived in Moscow. He spent his first evening in the Russian capital entertaining the crowd in Gorky Park.

Right after getting to the hotel from the airport, where the multiple Olympic and World champion and the owner of three World records had already spoken to several TV-channels, Usain Bolt headed to Gorky Park to take part in the Jamaican party.

There was a big crowd waiting for him. Apart from numerous journalists and filming crews there were running clubs' members, representatives of Moscow Jamaican community, Moscow 2013 volunteers and, of course, athletics fans and Bolt’s supporters. There was even the IAAF Vice-President Sergey Bubka among the guests.

During a short Q&A session on the scene Bolt admitted that he had already noticed the beauty of Russian women, announced his victorious plans for the World Championships and revealed that his parents were going to come to Moscow to support him. Afterwards Bolt entertained the crowd wth a DJ-set. During one of the tracks he even joined the dancehall dancers on the stage to spectators' delight.

But tomorrow the real work starts for Usain. The majority of the Team Jamaica’s representatives have been in Moscow since 1 August for the last training camp before the World Championships. Everyday training sessions take place in “Luzhniki” Sports Complex.




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Getting very anxious to get this started. I've been watching the highlights videos of past worlds that somebody put up on Youtube and what a flood of great memories over the past 30 years (although the 1987 video seems to cut off halfway through).

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IAAF determined to reinstate four-year doping bans

The IAAF is determined to re-introduce four-year bans for serious drug violations and will be pushing the World Anti-Doping Agency to do the same to strengthen the deterrent against cheats.

In a vote by acclamation Thursday at the IAAF congress, member federations backed the leaders in seeking tougher WADA sanctions. The IAAF said it is ready to press ahead on its own if other sports refuse to upgrade the sanction from two years.

The congress said the new WADA code, which goes into effect in 2015, “will reflect our firm commitment to have tougher penalties and the IAAF will return to 4-year sanctions for serious doping offences.”

The new WADA code will be up for approval at the Nov. 12-15 World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg.

IAAF officials have always stressed they were ready to impose four-year sanctions and only grudgingly adapted to the two-year penalties. They fear new steps next November will again fall short in effectively deterring athletes.

“If WADA is only following some federations, who have their doubts, we have to take care of our own fate,” IAAF Council member Helmut Digel told The Associated Press.

WADA wants a uniform standard across all sports and countries.

Athletics officials fear that the goal of four-year bans will be watered down in negotiations leading up to the Johannesburg meeting, leaving so many exceptions and caveats that it would hardly make a difference from the current system of two years.

“The four-year ban is not a slam dunk,” said Abby Hoffman, the IAAF’s anti-doping task force co-ordinator. “We need to be sure that space is carved in in the anti-doping campaign for athletics to impose the ban that we know our athletes and our members want.”

The issue has gained prominence ahead of the world championships, which start Saturday in Moscow. Several high-profile doping scandals have clouded the preparations for the event.

Doping has hit the sport’s premier event, the men’s 100 metres, especially hard. U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay had been expected to challenge Jamaica’s Usain Bolt for the title after a strong early season but was forced to pull out of the worlds when he failed an out-of-competition test.

Almost at the same time, it was announced that former world-record holder Asafa Powell tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrone at the Jamaican national championships in June.

Digel said the sport is doing all it can to eradicate doping, even at the expense of a public relations setback.

“Tyson Gay? We are not protecting him,” Digel said. “Asafa Powell? We are not protecting him. These are our superstars. We want to help our clean athletes.”

On Friday, the International Olympic Committee executive board will announce its choice for the next WADA president. It is the turn of the Olympic movement to select the president, who will replace former Australian minister John Fahey.

IOC vice-president Craig Reedie of Britain, who sits on the WADA executive committee, is the firm favourite. The other candidates are former two-time Olympic 400-meter hurdles champion Edwin Moses of the United States and former IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch.

The candidate put forward Friday will go up for formal approval at the WADA meeting in Johannesburg and take over as president on Jan. 1.



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Absolutely. I admit that I prefer lifetime bans for all offenders, but four would be nice given that the cheat would miss two worlds (four if you include indoors) and one Olympics. These two year slaps on the wrist have been a joke and do not serve as a deterrent. I feel for these federations who so badly want to clean up their sports, but have their hands tied by the courts while the reputation of their product goes down the toilet.

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I get that they're both representations of Spasskaya tower, but even if it is just reversed, isn't it just copying a pre-existing (although no longer used) trademark? Or did the organizers wish to channel in the missed opportunity of a Moscow 2012 Olympics?


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In the Uk they didn’t show the opening ceremony they just talked over the start of it making ignorant comments ,then cut to the news.
I think this is very shabby coverage from the BBC,
I would have liked to have seeing the opening ceremony.

Also the stadium took a long time to fill during the day, and even then didn’t look capacity,
May be having the opening at the end of the first days isn’t the greatest idea.

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I've been spoiled being able to watch the global feed webcasts since 2007, Today, what do I get, The morning session was world-feed, but the afternoon was a webcast of NBCs pathetic coverage. Got to see 90 seconds of the women's marathon and chopped up bits and pieces of the other events. Very disappointing.

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