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Track Body IAAF Changes Name

August 1, 2001

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) _ The acronym stays the same, but the IAAF has a new name.

Track and field’s world governing body, meeting in advance of the World Championships, voted Wednesday to change its name to the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The organization had been known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation.

The IAAF Congress, the decision-making arm of the federation, is considering more than 200 proposed rules changes and other matters over two days before the championships open Friday with the men’s marathon.

The delegates voted Wednesday to make athletes sign a letter agreeing to submit to arbitration any disputes with the federation. Athletes won’t be eligible for international competition if they don’t sign.

Also, the secretary general of the IAAF will no longer have a vote in the IAAF Council, a 27-member panel that makes recommendations to the full IAAF Congress of about 200 delegates.

Other matters before the congress during these meetings include a new rule that would cut down on the number of false starts in races of 400 meters and shorter and the election of the IAAF president. Acting president Lamine Diack, who took over when Primo Nebiolo died in November 1999, is the only candidate.

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