Thursday, November 14, 2013

IAAF Hall of Fame – 12 legends to be inducted

Monaco - The IAAF Council chaired by President Lamine Diack today met in the Fairmont Hotel, Monaco, for the first of a two-day meeting, the 187th gathering of the executive of Athletics’ world governing body. Council approved the names of 12 athletes who will compose this year’s induction into the IAAF Hall of Fame which was inaugurated last year as part of the IAAF’s centenary celebrations. The very strict minimum criteria agreed last year to select the inaugural list of 24 members - click here for ‘class of 2012’ - was at least 2 Olympic or World titles plus at least 1 World record. This criteria was extended for ‘2013 and beyond’ to allow athletes whose achievements had an ‘extraordinary impact on our sport’ to be considered as well. All members must have been retired from the sport for a minimum of 10 years. To keep the process as independent and as transparent as possible the athletes considered for each induction are proposed by the IAAF Hall of Fame Selection Panel which consists of 5 athletics historians, all long-standing members of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians (ATFS) including its President. The Panel is chaired by IAAF Senior Vice President Bob Hersh, who has himself been a member of the ATFS for more than 35 years. The 24 inaugural members inducted in 2012 will be joined in 2013 by the following dozen athletes with the ceremony taking place on Saturday afternoon (16) in the Fairmont Hotel. Harrison Dillard Marjorie Jackson Hannes Kolehmainen Natalya Lisovskaya Svetlana Masterkova Noureddine Morceli Parry O'Brien Marie-José Pérec Viktor Saneyev Yuriy Sedykh Daley Thompson Grete Waitz Of these 12 inductees Marie-José Pérec and Grete Waitz have been selected for their extraordinary impact on our sport.