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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Dr. Brown To Be Inducted In Howard University Hall of Fame

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Former Premier, Dr. Ewart Brown, will be inducted into the Howard University Sports Hall of Fame next month. Included in the Hall of Fame initiates is Howard’s 1968 Track Team, of which Dr. Brown, a Howard graduate, was a member.

"This honor by the University caught me off guard,” said Dr. Brown. “I am very happy for my teammates who deserve this recognition because they put Howard on the map as far as track and field was concerned. It is indeed special and I look forward to the ceremony next month."

The new Hall of Fame initiates will be honored along with the Buffalo Soldiers awardees at a ceremony on November 16th, 2018 at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.

The Hall of Fame game is November 17th against Bryant University.
Friday, October 12, 2018
World Relays Awarded to Yokohama
Yokohama has been awarded the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays, replacing Nassau as hosts.

After The Bahamas' Government confirmed in July that it would no longer be able to offer the financial guarantee that underpinned the event in Nassau, several member federations contacted the IAAF directly to express their interest in hosting and the world governing body’s Council has voted to award it to the Japanese city.

Competition is due to take place at the Yokohama International Stadium on May 11th and 12th.

The first three editions of the IAAF World Relays, in 2014, 2015 and 2017, were held in Nassau.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe thanked The Bahamas for its key role in establishing the World Relays as a successful competition and welcomed Yokohama as only the second city to host the event.

"I am delighted that Yokohama has stepped in to host our youngest World Athletics Series event and I am confident that they will do an outstanding job despite the short preparation period," he said.

"Several of our member federations expressed interest in hosting the popular IAAF World Relays next year and I thank them for their efforts, which confirm the appeal of what is a very entertaining team-based competition with a unique spirit.

"Japanese crowds are renowned for their enthusiastic support and I am sure they will give our athletes a tremendous reception next year.

"This will also be a great opportunity for our athletes to experience the culture and conditions of the host nation little more than a year before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

"Yokohama has long been regarded as the gateway to Japan, as the first port opened to foreign trade in 1859, and now it will once again welcome the world."
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Lodge-Bean Injured During Youth Olympics

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Unfortunate situation for Clevonte Lodge-Bean on a cold afternoon in Argentina.

With temperatures under 60 degrees and raining, Lodge-Bean took off in Heat 4 of the Men's 400m Stage 1, ten seconds into the race and Lodge-Bean went down, with what is being described as a Hamstring Pull.

Lodge-Bean was taken to the medical tent and then to the hospital for a scan to find out the extent of the injury.
Monday, October 08, 2018
Bermuda Chosen For USATF Athlete Summit

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Up to 45 high performance athletes and thought leaders from USA Track & Field’s Athletes Advisory Committee are gearing up for a visit to Bermuda this month. They’re travelling out here to participate in a series of meetings, held annually, to help set the organization’s strategic goals for the year ahead and provide development training sessions for athletes.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority-inspired visit will take place October 18th – 21st, 2018, during a time of year when the tourism industry focuses on attracting teams and other groups. The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club will serve as host hotel.

Team USA Track & Field (USATF) stars Darrell Hill, Kara Patterson, Will Claye and Queen Harrison are among the members of the team expected to make the trip to Bermuda. Arrangements are being made for the group to engage Bermuda’s students while they’re here, with an aim to inspire them into the sport of track and field and encourage active lifestyles in general. Visit www.usatf.org to learn more about the organization.

“We are looking forward to hosting our 2018 Elite Athlete Summit in Bermuda this year,” said President of USATF Jeff Porter. “The organizing committee has been nothing short of amazing to work with and have ensured that our athletes will have a once in a lifetime experience in Bermuda. We are also excited to bring the world’s number one team to Bermuda and experience all the country has to offer.”

Hazel Clark, recently named director of sports business development for the Bermuda Tourism Authority, is a member of USATF and a three-time Olympian. She worked with her colleagues in the sport to attract its annual retreat to Bermuda.

“It’s exciting that the first piece of business I landed in the new job is with my former fellow athletes. I’m grateful to be working with a variety of on-island partners to ensure my first clients – many of them long-time friends – have a great Bermuda experience during their annual retreat,” said Clark.

In addition to being an Olympian for the United States, Hazel Clark is also a seven-time national champion. She joined the Bermuda Tourism Authority in late July as the organization’s first-ever director of sports business development. She came on-board as part of an organizational restructure that was designed, in part, to grow the volume of sports tourism business to Bermuda.
Friday, September 28, 2018
Countdown to 2019 World Championships Underway
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have released the timetable and qualification system for the 2019 World Championships in Doha, with a year to go until the event.

The 10-day competition will begin at the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar on the evening of Friday, September 27th next year, with events often going on late into the evening to try and combat the local heat.

On day one proceedings will start with the women's marathon at midnight.

The event will then finish on Sunday, October 6th with the Men's and Women's 4x400 meter Relays, as is tradition.

The Men's 100m Final will go ahead on the evening of September 28th, with the Women's Final the day after.

The Men's High Jump Final, meanwhile, which is likely to feature Qatar's Olympic Silver Medallist Mutaz Essa Barshim, will go ahead at 8.15pm local time on October 4th.
As another means to combat the heat in Doha, there will be no morning sessions.

On day eight, October 4th, the last event of the Heptathlon, the 800m has been scheduled for 12.05am, which will be followed at 12.15am by the last event of the decathlon, the 1,500m.

The qualification system will combine athletes' positions in the world rankings, wildcard invitations and entry standards, while like at the last two World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games, the IAAF has set a target number of athletes for each event.

There will be three separate ways for athletes to qualify.

This is by being among the best ranked athletes in the world at the end of the qualification period, by wildcard through various means including as the reigning outdoor world champion or a winner of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, or by achieving the entry standard within the qualification period.

Entry standards for each event will be established on November 1st of this year, though as is usually the case, there will still be some special qualification opportunities for member federations without any qualified athletes.

The last World Championships went ahead at the London Stadium in the English capital in 2017, with the United States topping the medal table with 10 golds, 11 silvers and nine bronze medals.
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