September 30, 2018
Press Release – NACAC Council
The NACAC Council discussed at length the IAAF World Rankings System at its meeting in Punta Cana on September 28-29.
Multiple concerns were expressed by NACAC Council members about details of the system, including the relative weighting of various competitions (and the relative status of Area Championships in particular). Critical comments were by no means limited to that issue.
Beyond the comments on many specific variables and factors, acute concern was expressed about the lack of genuine consultation with key stakeholders and limited communication.
Understanding of the system in the athletics community is limited, and on critical points there are widely disparate views about fairness and viability of the system.
The over-arching issue in light of the above is the IAAF’s declared intent to use the ranking system as currently constituted for qualification for the 2019 World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Games.
NACAC Council therefore unanimously agreed to inform the IAAF that its view is that the ranking system should not be used for qualification purposes in 2019 and 2020, and rather that the system should be employed strictly on a pilot basis, and that it be the subject of further consultation and refinement prior to introduction as a qualifying system post- Tokyo 2020.