Olympics Current Affairs - 2019
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The 2019 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays was a two day biennial event which held from 11 May to 12 May 2019, in Yokohama, Japan. It offers platform for athletes to qualify for upcoming 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha, Qatar in September-October 2019.
About 2019 IAAF World Relays
- Participants: 43 nations from all over the world took part in competition.
- New Event Added: For 2019, two new mixed events were established:
- The 2 × 2 × 400 m relay (It replaces the 4 × 800 m relay which featured at last event)
- The shuttle hurdles relay
IAAF World Relays 2019 Winners:
Gold winners in Men’s events:
- 4x100m: Brazil
- 4x200m: US
- 4x400m: Trinidad & Tobago
Gold winners in Women’s events:
- 4x100m: US
- 4x200m: France
- 4x400m: Poland
- India competed in 4X400m relays (men, women and mixed relay). From India same squad which featured in Asian Athletics Championships in Doha in April 2019 was fielded.
- Both Indian men’s 4x400m teams and Indian women’s 4x400m teams finished at 17th position.
- The mixed 4x400m quartet of Hima Das, Saritaben Gayakwad, MR Poovamma, and VR Vismaya stood at 15th
About IAAF World Relays
- It is an international track and field sporting event.
- It sees participant teams from all over the world which compete in relay races. Some of these teams are not part of standard Olympic programme.
- It is organized by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
- It is a biennial event i.e. it is held every odd year, just like IAAF World Athletics Championships.
- Moreover, IAAF World Relay serves as a qualification stage for IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved constitution of 13-member Empowered Steering Committee (ESC).It will shape and influence India’s preparation for multi-disciplinary events, including 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The decision to form ESC was taken on basis of recommendations made by Olympic Task Force headed by Abinav Bindra in its interim report.
The ESC will have chairperson appointed by the Government. It will have the mandate to work till December 31, 2020 with clearly defined terms and references.
Terms and references of ESC
Review of core probable list of each High Priority and Priority disciplines for Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games. Recommend specific plans or packages for beneficiaries of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
Review annual calendar for Training and Competitions (ACTCs) approved by Government in consultation with the National Sports Federation (NSF) concerned. Make specific recommendations with respect to any additional or supplementary requirements.
Recommend names of national and international training institutions for their empanelment for providing training, coaching and other support to athletes. Recommend names of companies for carrying out athlete monitoring and data analytics work.
Make specific recommendations for strengthening sport sciences within Sports Authority of India (SAI) as well as outsourcing sports science support in short to medium term for providing sports science support. Assist Government in mobilizing CSR funds to meet additional funding requirements for training and preparation of national team in various sports disciplines.
Earlier, the Sports Ministry had constituted Task Force in September 2016 head by Abhinav Bindra for preparation of comprehensive action plan, including short-term and medium to long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (Los Angeles). The 8-member Task Force had submitted its interim report to Government in May 2017 with focus on preparations in the short-term for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.