2019 IAU Executive Council Meeting

2019 IAU Executive Council Meeting. The IAU Executive Council Meeting is held yearly in January in Monaco. In 2019 from 11 to 12 January the Council had opportunity to meet and discuss several topics. Here are few of them that we would like to share the key information with you so you can see what where the IAU is aiming for in the future as a worldwide organisation.

IAU Executive Council, 12th January 2019
Top from left:Jacek Bedkowski (Director of Communications), Jan Vandendriessche (Director of Labelling), Gilsoo Park (Asia Representative), Liesbeth Jansen (Director of Organisations), Francisco Sanchez-Rico (Director of Competitions and Records)
Bottom from left:Arturo Fabian Campanini Lopez (Americas Representative), Robert Boyce (Vice President / Director of Finances and Marketing), Nadeem Khan (President), Hilary Walker (General Secretary), Walter Hill (Europe Representative)
Not present:Solomon Ogba (Africa Representative)

The main topics discussed during the meeting

1. Website development

This was one of the first points in our agenda and very important for the Council to discuss. There will be more focus on the website development so we will have a better platform to share information with interested parties. This will be in line with current standards and allow us to develop ultrarunning globally. In addition there will be work done on the calendar and connection with social media.

2. Continental Records

There will be work done on the Continental Records initially for 4 main distances/time events. The Record Committee and Area Representatives will coordinate the process of collection of data and next steps.

3. Labeling Committee

It was proposed to form the IAU Labeling Committee. There is growing interest from race Directors on IAU labels. There is already interest from people to be part of this committee. In the beginning the goal is to have at least 1 person per continent. This group should ensure that the key targets for the Labeling portfolio are achieved.

4. Future IAU Competitions – timetables for bids

In the upcoming weeks there will be more information on the process for race directors and IAU member federations to show expressions of interest for bidding for future IAU Championships. Details of the schedule will be published on IAU website and social media.

5. Athletes and Para-athletes Commission

At the end of 2018, two new commissions were established by the IAU Executive Committee. The members of Athletic Commission are already established and the Parathletes Commission is being developed. The next steps will be the establishment of the processes and actions that both commission with look after.

There were many other subjects discussed including the progress with the IAU Competitions being held in 2019 as well as our overall strategy going forwards. These are our key highlights and we will keep you posted about developments.

Jacek Bedkowski
IAU Director of Communication

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