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Konya 2021: First three days of Athletics Crono results are invalid for World Ranking due to a technical error

Due to a technical failure in the cabling system in the brand-new Konya Athletics Field detected on the morning of Athletics day four; the first three days of Crono-sensitive competitions, held during 8-10 August 2022, are considered invalid for the World Athletics Ranking and record progressing purposes especially short distance because results accuracy was compromised, however, the technical failure was bypassed immediately before day 4 and 5 of competitions according to Konya 2021 Technical Delegates.

POSITIONS NOT INFLUENCED There is no influence on the orders/positions of the track events and medal table of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games. Therefore, they are considered valid but the timings are not valid.

For example: Sprinter Arthur Cisse won 100 m in 9.89s, a national record but it is not considered valid and this result will not be valid for the World Athletics ranking.

Please find below Athletics records at the Islamic Solidarity Games that were affected and considered NOT VALID for World Athletics Ranking on the first three days:

MEN
1- Arthur Cisse (Ivory Coast), 
100m in 9.89 seconds – on 9 August 2022.
2- Yaqoub Al-Youha (Kuwait), 110m hurdles in 13.36 seconds – on 9 August 2022.
3- Bassem Hemeida (Qatar) 400m hurdles in 48.67 seconds – on 9 August 2022.

WOMEN
1- Edidiong Odiong (Bahrain), 
100m in 11.03 seconds – on 9 August 2022.
2- Sevval Ayaz (Turkey), 100m hurdles in 13.15 seconds – on 10 August 2022.

From experts’ point of view, further testing events should have been conducted before the official events to detect any technical issues beforehand, but the timing between the opening of the brand-new Athletics Field and the start of the Konya 2021 competitions prevented it from happening.

IN MORE DETAIL Below you will find the official communication sent from Konya 2021 Technical Delegates to all stakeholders about invalid times:

“Information to all Stakeholders about invalid times”

“In the first 3 days of competition, especially in short distance races, we experienced several very good results.”

“We checked that all the standard procedures regarding photo-finish and SIS (start information system) have been followed before and during each competition day.”

“Additional tests were conducted, including zero testing after the 3 sessions, to reassure the correctness of the timing system and the official results.”

“A technical failure on the cabling of the starting system was discovered by the relevant international officials in the morning of day 4. Considering all the evidence, and after conferring with national and international experts, we concluded that it was not possible to confirm the full accuracy of the results of the races for all the first 3 competition days.”

“Immediately, a new technical setup was put in place to bypass the failure, and to regain the confirmation of the above-mentioned fully accuracy of the results for the competition days 4 and 5.”

“As Technical Delegates, it is our responsibility to recommend to the relevant governing body (World Athletics) concerning the validity of the results of all races for these first 3 competition days, that these mentioned results are invalid and cannot be used for world ranking/global top lists or any kind of record.”

“However, there is no influence on the rankings/positions of the track events of the athletics programme and medal table of the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, Konya 2021.”

Credit: Konya 2021

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