Mael achieves Personal Best at the World Athletics Championships

Athletics Federation president Rex Issachar at the IAAF Congress in Doha. Photo: Supplied

It was a successful achievement for Ticky Terry Mael at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar after achieving his personal best in the 400m race.

Mael who competed amongst other world best athletes ran a time of 48.52sec which is his new PB.

Athletics Federation president Rex Issachar who accompanied Mael and was also part of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Congress in Doha which was held simultaneously with the World Championships.

“ We want to thank the Vanuatu government for the opportunity to attend the world championship in Doha and also VASANOC for their support.

“We had IAAF congress in Doha, 452 federations attended the congress, most important part Ticky Terry Mael participated in the 400m , it was a very tough competition. Other pacific countries, Fiji , Samoa, PNG also took part.”

IAAF officially agree to change name to World Athletics

A proposal to change the name of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to World Athletics was officially approved by the governing body’s Congress.{/div}

The name change, originally proposed by the IAAF Council in June, in a bid to make the sport more accessible became a matter of debate during the second day of the sport’s biannual meeting.

What was expected to be a formality to change the name to make it compatible with Monegasque law, led to a number of delegates from French-speaking countries warning they were against the plan because it did not work very well in their language.

Other critics claimed it meant a loss of identity.

Sebastian Coe, officially re-elected as IAAF President for a second four-year term yesterday, told the Congress that the change was necessary to help make the sport more appealing to youngsters.

“As long as I can remember, and certainly since becoming an IAAF Council member in 2003, whenever anyone has asked me what organisation I am involved with, it then takes three or four minutes to explain what it means,” he said.

“The work we have done around the brand is detailed.”

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