As some of the world's finest athletes trained for the 11th European Championships starting this weekend, the International Amateur Athletics Federation was today (30 August) opening the way for The People's Republic of China to return to International field and track competition.
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Background: As some of the world's finest athletes trained for the 11th European Championships starting this weekend, the International Amateur Athletics Federation was today (30 August) opening the way for The People's Republic of China to return to International field and track competition.
Both the championships and the federation meeting are being held in Rome. Members of the Federation voted unanimously to allow China to take part in athletics events, starting with the Asian Games in Teheran on September 1.
China originally resigned from the Federation in 1958 over the presence of Taiwan. Though it hasn't rejoined, the new Federation ruling allows members counties to compete against non-members such as China. The Federation, however, has decided to continue with its ban on South Africa by a vote of 183-152.
For the European Championships, about 1200 competitors from 29 nations are competing. Personality of the games could prove to be Warsaw's Irene Szewinska, who two months ago set world records for the 200 and 400 metres, as well as turning in a world-class performance over 100 metres.
SYNOPSIS: The possibility of South Africa and The People's Republic of China competing in world athletics came under discussion in Rome on Friday, at the meeting of the International Amateur Athletics Federation. China resigned form the fe??? in 1958, protesting against the membership of Taiwan. On Friday, it was unanimously agreed that China -- though still not a member -- should be all???ved to take part in international comestitions. But by a majority of 30 votes, members decide to continue with their ban preventing South Africa from competing in international matches. The ban continues for a further two years.
Rome is also the venue of the eleventh European Athletics Championships, which start on Sunday. About twelve-hundred competitors from twenty-nine nations will be competing in the city's Olympic Stadium, where some of the world's top athletes are now in final training. At the last games, in Helsinki three years ago, the Soviet Union and East Germany dominated, and they look set to repeat their success this year.
Personality of the games could prove to be this girl - Irena Szewinska, a twenty-eight year old from Poland. Two months ago, she set new world records for the two-hundred and four-hundred metres, and ran a world-class hundred metres. She could prove the top individual medal winner here in Rome