After Stan Perkins welcome words Pierre Weiss continued with a short summary about IAAF matters over the last months before and after Rio.
Most important was his statement about the situation of the Russian Masters. Until IAAF will find a solution all athletes and officers are not allowed to attend Masters’ Championships.
WMA President focused his comments on the leading role of EMA for other regions in the world. There should be a close relationship among the regions and a permanent exchange of projects and ideas.
Other subjects were discussed with some different kinds of views. EMA Council for example is not is in favour to open its regional championship to athletes from other regions.
The benefit is small and the additional work for the entry data team was more than expected during the last four championships EMA and LOC tried to work it out.
The role of the Safety Officer will be discussed among the key persons so WMA and EMA will speak with one voice in the future.
The age grading factors were not discussed – prepared by Bernd Rehpenning (Germany) – this will be the responsibility of next Technical Director of WMA, who will be elected in Perth.
All in all it was a very friendly meeting with a constructive open discussion.
“We should come together more often to exchange information on the round table – it is a benefit for all partners!” San Perkins left with positive impression back to Australia.