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maandag, oktober 09, 2006

disaster for small federations

Some thoughts about the new rules which haven't been changed after the general IOF assembly this saturday.
  • Which runner has the highest level? Pierre Kaltenbacher (8th of Austria) or Pavlo Ushkvarok (2nd of Ukraine)?
  • Belgium can send only 1 athlete to next world cup season unless we send some runners to WRE-events.
  • How shall we select this one runner??
We have the Bel-ranking with a new leader: Pieter Hendrickx. But Jan Gilot and Fabien Pasquasy are at nearly the same level. Maybe it's not difficult at all to make a selection. Trainer picks out one of these 3 and that's it.
  • How shall we send the athlete to the competition, with or without a coach?
  • Is Belgium still interested in World Cup or is it to expensive to send only one runner?

Focussing on WOC and WRE-events seems the only solution to keep the bunch of young talented athletes motivated. WRE-events in similar terrain as WOC 2007 or 2008 are good opportunities.

The best athletes of Belgium are planning to focus only on WOC for next season. Probably some countries will not send any runners. Can we still call it a WORLD cup?

  • Will we ever see news items like these at WOC in Danmark: "26 nations represented in long distance final Posted by Clive Allen on July 30, 2006 at 21:01"? Not for a World Cup in my opinion.


  • At 10/10/06 11:42, Anonymous Pasquasy Fabien said…

    Yep Pieter was the best in Belgium this year... But I and some others (like Nicolas, Tom, Wim, ...) couldn't defend all our chances by a long period of injuries and our shape is still really bad right now.

    Just for example analyse the evolution my scoring place in BRE :


    I'm waiting for 2007... without injuries !!! And the selection will be held in 2007 not now... everybody has a chance but the one who will be selected has to be good in scandinavian terrain not especially in Belgium... That's it !!!

    I'm waiting for selections in foreign countries (not in easy Belgium) and in very challenging (both physically and technically)terrain. Winning in Belgium doesn't mean "getting to the team" !

  • At 10/10/06 19:40, Blogger Jonh Neo said…

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  • At 11/10/06 10:36, Anonymous An said…

    It will be stupid to organise an expensive selection just to select one runner! and who (especially of the flemmish athletes who have to pay it all themselves) is willing to pay a lot for a selection weekend when the chance to be selected is so little?
    This system definitely is not fair!

  • At 13/10/06 11:39, Anonymous witte said…

    vers van de pers:

    The IOF Foot-O Commission had a meeting on Thursday 5th and
    Friday 6th of
    October 2006 in Murol, France. One of our main discussion
    subjects were
    the World Cup 2007 Special Rules.

    The main item of discussion was the minimum number of places for
    each federation can enter in a World Cup race in 2007.

    The World Cup 2007 Special Rules that were sent by the IOF
    secretariat to
    all Federations on August 8th, 2006 and published on the IOF
    (though without news flash), provide a minimum of 1+1 runner
    (women +
    men) for each Federation.

    IOF Council has received, and forwarded to the Foot-O
    Commission, the
    letters of the Federations from CAN, USA and NZL, all three
    claiming a
    minimum of 3+3 runners for each Federation.

    At the World Cup 2006 Final in Murol/France, the Foot-O
    received a petition, initiated by a runner from Ukraine, which
    was signed
    by a big majority of runners participating in the World Cup
    Final. To the
    petition, the letter from the Canadian Federation to Council was
    attached. The petition pointed out the effect of the published
    World Cup
    2007 Special Rules towards small Federations, e.g. Ukraine, who
    has many
    male runners among the top 150 in the World Ranking List (WRL),
    but per
    1st of October, only 1+1 places for the 2007 World Cup, due to a
    Federations Ranking.

    The IOF Foot-O Commission made the following decisions:

    1. There will be an addition to the published World Cup 2007

    The addition will come at the bottom of the paragraph "National
    quota", and it will be (wording not 100% fixed yet):
    In addition, Federations who qualify for two or one places (i.e.
    positions 19 and below in the Federation League) and who have
    one or more
    runners among the 150 best-ranked runners in the individual
    World Ranking
    List (as published on 1st January 2007 in the World Rankings
    section of
    the IOF website), will qualify for extra places as follows.
    · Each runner in the top 150 of the World Rankings list (as
    will give their Federation one extra place in the National
    runners quota
    · There is a maximum of three runners allocated to each
    · Men's and women's quotas shall be treated separately
    Thus a Federation which already has two places can obtain one
    extra place
    by having one or more runner(s) ranked among the 150 best on the
    individual World Rankings and a Federation with one place can
    obtain up
    to two extra places by having two or more runners ranked among
    the 150
    best in the Rankings.
    A Federation may enter any runner irrespective of their position
    the IOF World Rankings list.

    2. In addition to the national quota of 3 WREs for each
    Federation, each
    IOF region is allocated 3 WREs to be distributed between the
    Federations in a manner to be decided by the region.

    Hopefully, this will give more runners in North America and
    Oceania (and
    Africa and South America) the chance to score points at 4 WRE

    3. The Foot-O Commission doses not want to rise the general
    minimum of
    runners for each Federation for the World Cup 2007.

    4. The World Cup Special rules shall be reviewed in 12 months
    before the 2008 season.

    We, the Foot-O Commission, have the following background and
    reasons for
    our decisions:

    I. Our task is to create an high media and elite profil for
    World Cup.
    _29Nov05.pdf, especially "Aims" and "Objectives".

    II. We have understood that we, with the published version of
    the WCup
    special rules
    20Special%20Rules.pdf), create a problem for some very good
    runners (e.g.
    men from UKR) and have therefore made an addition, such that
    with runners among the 150 best in the WRL get up to 3 places.
    Federations as CAN, USA and NZL will profitate from this change.

    III. We recognise that non-European Federations have a
    disadvantage with
    respect to number of WREs staged in their regions, compared to
    Europe. We
    try to improve the situation by allocating extra WRE's, and we
    review the World Cup rules for next year. (We don't claim it's

    IV. We disagree with CAN/USA/NZL that the World Cup is the arena
    they must develop their elite runners.

    As always in the IOF system, it is the IOF Council who finally
    all rules. We have given our updates for the World Cup 2007
    Special Rules
    and, of course, also the petition/runners signatures to Council,
    who will
    make the final approval of the World Cup Special Rules at their
    in November.

    For the IOF Foot-O Commission,
    Frauke Schmitt Gran

  • At 13/10/06 16:40, Anonymous Joost said…

    Leuk dat er toch nog een rechtvaardige aanpassing is gedaan. Voorlopig zou de Belgische ploeg dan volgend jaar twee mannen en één vrouw naar de world cups mogen zenden aangezien Fabien op plaats 145 staat. Hopelijk valt hij niet uit die top 150 maar het seizoen is natuurlijk nog niet afgelopen met toch nog ongeveer tien WRE voor 1 januari 2007. Pieter staat op plaats 162, dus mocht hij zin hebben om nog een WRE te lopen, kunnen we zelfs misschien met 3 mannen deelnemen aan de world cup volgend jaar. Maar laten we allereerst hopen dat Fabien in de top 150 blijft!!!

  • At 12/3/16 16:37, Blogger mony hussein said…

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