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The super runner feel cheated

If Christoph Joho stands in his office near the Letzigrunds a few circles on a white sheet, feel many Kenyans and Ethiopians being discriminated against. Joho t

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The super runner feel cheated

If Christoph Joho stands in his office near the Letzigrunds a few circles on a white sheet, feel many Kenyans and Ethiopians being discriminated against. Joho the Co-Meeting of the Director of the "world class Zurich", what he brings on the sheet will be: what disciplines, from next year, the highest Meeting-the category name's Diamond League in the main program. More controversial, however, is what discipline is eliminated: the 5000 m.

you will not be dominated by runners from Africa, but crushed. Of the 50 fastest 5,000 m runners in the last year, 27 were from Kenya and Ethiopia. 85 percent of these 50s-Elite, at least in African roots.

And because the 10000 m were already tilted from the Diamond League program, missing this run sizes after the Removal of the 5000 m, the home – although it is now integrated a 3000-m-run. But neither this distance at the track is Outdoors held, a similar historical importance to the 5000 m.

Haile Gebrselassie, the 5,000 m for the track and field Star and, in the meantime, the Ethiopian Association has presided over, ruled to the end of his distance: "It is a tragic and unfair decision, and affected Ethiopia, like Kenya, have a disproportionate. The athletics be a global presence, if you want to say."

The Kenyans Barnabas Korir, once a long-distance runner of world-class format and, in the meantime, pot unktionär in the local Association, indicated even resentment towards the continent, when he said: "The Elimination of the 5000-m is illegal and aims to African Nations. Moreover, it is deprived of the runners, their livelihoods, and it leads to less talent for Running."

The pictures as proof

If you are faced Christoph Joho with this criticism, it shows on the pictures next to his Desk. To see Haile Gebrselassie and other Topläufer are in action in the 5,000 m at the Letzigrund. So that Joho wants to say: If you track a friend and former 800 m runner, even calculus when deciding under him, the Long, the to-be-missed.

That he feels so directly connected with his Position: Joho, together with his Co-Director, Andreas Hediger significant share of this, as the Diamond League will look like next year. Finally, world-class belongs to "" to the series and is keen that the premium product of athletics works.

So he and Goldberg have worked together with the other Directors of the Diamond League Meetings for months at a substantial face-lifting of the diamond series.

That Joho and his colleagues wanted to prevent intentionally the African sizes of the Work, he can relax. For this, he begins to write on the paper. He calculates: so Far, the athletes (and athlete could take part on the inside) five times a year in the Diamond League in the 5,000 m. In the new Format over 3000 m, there will be seven take-offs.

The long-distance runner in the future to earn even more. Especially since many of them receive before and after the track season on the road good money. To claim, therefore, to deprive the fastest of the African long-distance runners, the existence of a basis, finds Joho quite brazen.

He is too friendly, as he would phrase it so directly. But his lines under the future seven instead of five start-up opportunities, no other Interpretation will allow. Add to that: Each organizer can accommodate by 2020 a 5000-m race in the program, inside Prime time, which includes 90 minutes. Because in this time of 12, maximum of 13 races present, decided to hold a meeting of the Directors to Remove the 5000 m (up to this summer, there are 16 competitions in case of longer transmission time).

The reasons for the 3000 m

the meeting, Directors agreed to the unusual distance of 3000 m, depends on three points. First of all, The TV viewers found the 13-minute 5,000 m race is often boring because it will mostly only be in the penultimate or the last round exciting. Secondly, The (African) athletes have indicated in surveys that they could not 7 times Topzeiten about 5000 m provide, more than 3000 m, but rather. Thirdly, Not every industry size is not more used so far, all of the five start-up opportunities in the 5,000 m, it seemed that the importance of distance, so for such a Central.

Obviously, according to the Africa-Trouble, however, When even the athletes themselves and their officials do not realize that with the new rules, at least their financial Situation to improve, is communicating the Reform of the Diamond League, a Minimum of insufficient.

Christoph Joho will have to draw so many circles on the white sheets – so primary the minds from the countries to calm down. (

Created: 21.03.2019, 12:19 PM

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