World Athletics Council Meet in Monaco: Key Decisions

During a two-day meeting, the World Athletics Council took several key decisions pertaining to the setting up of a World Plan Implementation Taskforce, the appointment of members of the Working Group on Gender Diverse Athletes, etc.

The said expert advisory body on gender diverse athletes is expected to submit its final report next year, by December 2024. Further, the Council confirmed the members of the Working Group on the status of Russians or Belarusians in International Competitions and Events. This body has been tasked with providing recommendations on matters concerning sanctions and the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes.

The World Athletics Council has decided to strengthen Rule 15 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, which specifies the obligations of member federations. The same was a recommendation from the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

When it comes to category ‘A’ member federations, the athletes on the National Team have to undergo at least 3 no-notice out-of-competition tests in the 10 months prior to the competition. This is in accordance with Rule 15.5.1(c). As per the decision taken by the Council, the first of such tests has to occur at least 12 weeks before the event. It has also been laid down that all required testing under the Rule must be completed “just prior to final entries – at the deadline for refusal of quota places – rather than right up to the start of the event.

Other decisions taken at the 233rd Council Meeting include approval of the Human Rights Policy, appointments to the Safeguarding Taskforce and approval of timelines for certain championships.