IAAF Confirm Olympics to Include Morning Sessions

November 20, 2014

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has announced that for the first time since the 1988 Olympics Games, ambulance the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will feature finals during the morning sessions.

“Staging finals in the morning was done at the request of the Rio LOC and the Olympic Broadcasting Service, prescription supported by the International Olympic Committee,” said IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy.

“Having finals in the morning will also ensure that we receive maximum visibility for athletics at the Olympics across all time zones,”

“There will be 13 finals in the mornings: the five road events (three race walks and two marathons) and also eight events in the stadium.

“Out of those eight, there will be an even split between genders as well as between track and field events.

Hardy added: “Our prevailing view was that the leading distance runners will welcome this change to the athletics programme at the Olympics as they will often have competitions throughout the year in the morning, such as road or cross country races, and so will be accustomed to this timing.”

Hardy confirmed that there will be at least one final in each of the six morning sessions held in the stadium and at least one final in the morning of nine out of the 10 days of athletics competition.