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After years of controversy, World Athletics makes substantial changes to its regulations

As of this November 1, new regulations came into force that the World Athletics (WA) imposed on its regulations , as a result of the changes to the competition rule (CR) and the technical rule (TR) approved by the World Council of Athletics. These were agreed at the meeting of last March 19 and an annex was added, on July 29.

Among the most celebrated modifications in the world of athletics are lane infractions. Changes to the lane violation rules had been on the World Athletics Technical Committee’s agenda since January 2018. At the World Indoor Athletics Championships in March of that year in Birmingham, England, there were 21 violation-related disqualifications. of lanes, including four in two races, and there has been a lot of debate about these rules ever since. ANDAmong the most controversial situations that World Cup brought about, appears the one that happened in the 400-meter race, when the Spanish Óscar Husillos passed in just a few minutes from celebrating his ecumenical title, with a European record included (44.92), to be disqualified by lightly step on the line of the street next door. At that time, World Athletics rule 163.3 imposed that an athlete cannot step on even minimally the inner line of the lane, even if it was a case like Husillos, which he did not take advantage of and that was only appreciated by seeing slow motion replay. His title remained in the hands of the Czech Pavel Maslak.

A few unique lane infractions are now allowed, but will result in disqualification if they are repeated by the same athlete or within the same relay team at any time during rounds of the same event. Then, the new regulation adds that in races with multiple rounds, such as championships, this exception of stepping on the line along all of them will be allowed only once, not once per race, and in the case of relays, it will be followed. the same criteria even if they are infractions committed by different athletes from the same team in different rounds. In any case, and to clarify the situation, warnings for stepping on the line must be reflected in the results even if they do not entail disqualification.

In short, now WA has modified this rule and admits some exceptionss, so that the athletes will be able to “touch once the line to the left, the curb or the one that marks the applicable limit in a curve” .

This substantial change will also be applied in mid-distance events, where it will be allowed to “step once completely off the curb or line that marks the applicable edge in a curve if no material advantage is obtained and no other athlete is pushed or obstructed in your advance ” .

It is worth remembering that the Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen , who won the gold in 1500 meters in the European Championship in Torun 2021, was first disqualified and after an appeal he was re-qualified again.

Also, two more exceptions were generated to the list of scenarios where a lane violation will not result in immediate disqualification:

1) While running along the lanes and inside lane line, the curb or curb is touched once in a curve.

2) When you are racing, not in lanes, and you step on or completely over the inside edge line or sidewalk.

Other rule changes include:
Competition Rule (CR) 19.4: Visual indications of the validity of a field event test, other than red or white flags, can now be passed.

CR 31.3: More detail is established on the doping control process necessary for the ratification of the world record, including the need to analyze samples for Erythropoiesis Stimulating Agents, in endurance events from 400m and onwards.

CR 32: The 50km road race, 35,000m walk and 35km walk will be added to the list of recognized events for world record, for men and women, the 30,000m walk for men will be removed from the list once the mark of the first 35,000m for men is established

Technical Rule (TR) 11.3: Now specifies the conditions required to legitimize performances at indoor events organized in facilities that might not otherwise comply with the indoor competition rules. Clause 11.3.4 specifies that marks made on indoor oval tracks of more than 201.2m, but not more than 400m, will be considered valid for all records except world indoor records. (Which means, for example, that an absolute world record can be set on a 300m indoor track. The old TR 11.3 is unchanged and is renumbered as 11.4)

TR 30.1.1: (as reported in 2020 per rule 185.1) On long and triple jumps, the take-off fault will be redefined to include any break in the vertical plane of the start line. TR 29.5 further specifies that a clay marker plate may be used to assist the judges, and that it should be placed at a 90 ° angle (instead of the 45 ° above).

TR 32.12: Added definition of “stationary position” required for athletes after entering a throwing circle and before starting their test.

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