The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Thursday unanimously voted to keep the 50m walk in the Olympics, which is the longest-running event in the athletics programme. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has put pressure on the IAAF to drop the event from the 2020 Olympics, partly because there is no women’s race over the distance. Although there are women racing in the world race walking championships, the longest event at the Olympics is 20km.
According to American lawyer Paul DeMeester, “The IAAF support for the 50km fully comports with the objectives of the IAAF Constitution.” “When it comes to the inclusion of women athletes, the IAAF has been miles ahead of the IOC.” “The IAAF recognises world records for women at 50km and is allowing women to participate in the 50km walk at the world championships in London in August.”
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