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IAAF targets marathon shoe developments

The organisation wants to ensure that all shoe technology conforms to its rules.

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is to investigate new designs of marathon shoes to see if they may incorporate illegal springs. According to an IAAF spokesperson, the Association is interested in the technical advances being used and wants to make sure that shoes from all manufacturers conform to its rules.

Because of the speculation caused by these new designs, the IAAF announced its intention to discuss shoe approval processes as defined by the competition rules as part of the agenda at the IAAF technical committee meeting, to see if approvals needed to change or be reviewed.

The IAAF is the international governing body for athletics. It was founded in 1912 as the ‘International Amateur Athletic Federation’, and changed its name to the current title at its congress in 2001. Since October 1993, the organisation has been headquartered in Monaco.

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This article was originally published on page 2 of the April 2017 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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