- How will the IAAF World Rankings complement the traditional
The traditional world lists are based
on the fastest times and the furthest distances achieved by the athletes. These world
lists do not take into account whether the performance was achieved in the Olympic final
or in a local meeting, thus not considering the competition/opposition in the
athletes fields, for example. The new IAAF World Rankings recognise the depth and
consistency of an athletes performance as well as the significance of the
- What are the benefits of a ranking for the sport of
The IAAF World Rankings offer a
transparent and objective measure of the depth of athletes performances across a
diverse range of disciplines and a variety of competitions (i.e. the IAAF World
Championships in Athletics and various other meetings). The IAAF World Rankings cover the
planet with its regional, national and continental athletics associations. Direct
comparison can be made between disciplines allowing the best athletes in the world to be
identified objectively. In so doing the IAAF World Rankings will promote the star athletes
to a wider audience and extend the base of athletics from the athletics fans to the sports
- When will the IAAF World Rankings be officially effective?
The IAAF World Rankings will be
published on the IAAF web site (www.iaaf.org) on
Tuesday 27th June 2000 for the first time. Top 1000 Overall Rankings and Top
100 Events Rankings will be available as downloadable text files. html files will give the
top 50 ranked per discipline and the top 100 overall for both men and women.
As with all innovative projects some small
adjustment may be required in the initial phases. For this reason 2000 will provide a
trial period after which the adaptations and improvements based on contributions and
suggestions of athletes, their coaches and managers and the media, as well as the experts
within the IAAF, will be discussed and, if approved, implemented. The test phase also
gives the athletes the opportunity to learn and understand the system, and, if they wish
to do so, to plan their season in order to achieve an improved ranking.
- Will the IAAF World Ranking be integrated into the
The Rankings have the potential to
underpin the competition structure of international athletics. Such a massive task takes
time and it is necessary to consult several bodies prior to the successful integration of
the Rankings to the competition structure.
- What disciplines are taken into account when calculating the
The Rankings consider performances outdoor,
indoor and also the performances achieved at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
The Rankings are global both in terms of the athletes represented within the system and
the range of competitions included within the system. Significant competitions should be
included in the Rankings wherever they take place.