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2016 IAAF World Race Walking TEAM Championships – Rome, Italy
May 7 & 8, 2016
USA Athlete Selection Procedures
NOTE:  While the 2016 Men’s 50k Race Walk Olympic Trials will be held on the same day as the Trials for the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships, each event has different athlete selection procedures.  The following procedures are those for the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships.  The 2016 Olympic Games athlete selection procedures can be found separately at under the calendar tab for national teams.
  1. Selection to the USA Team for the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships (hereafter called the Team Championships) which will be held in Rome, Italy on May 7&8, 2016 will be based on the rank order of finish at the U.S. Team Championships Trials competitions (hereafter called the Trials). The Trials competitions are as follows:
Men's 50 km - February 21, 2016 -Santee, California. 
Men's and Women's 20 km - April 3, 2016 – Earth City, a suburb of St. Louis, MO
Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s 10km - April 3, 2016 - Earth City, a suburb of St. Louis, MO.
  1. Athletes will select themselves to the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships according to their place of finish in the Trials and by having met the performance standards established.  These standards must be met during the established qualifying period and will only be recognized if achieved under “Record Eligible Conditions” (see Rule #266).  The qualifying period for the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships is September 14, 2014 (day of 2014 30K Ch) thru March 20, 2016 for the 50K and September 14, 2014 thru April 3, 2016 for the 10K & 20K.  There will no chasing of qualifying times after this date.  
  2. The standards are (Barring any constraints by the IAAF):

Men 50 km - 4:35:00
Men 20 km - 1:32:00

Women 20 km - 1:43:30
Junior Men 10 km – 48:30
Junior Women 10 km - 53:15

  1. Athletes must declare their desire to compete in the Team Championships no later than midnight on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 for all races. All athletes who complete a Trials race and meet the standards in #3 are eligible and encouraged to declare. If an athlete has met the qualifying standard during the qualifying period at more than one distance then the athlete is additionally required to declare the distance at which they would prefer to compete. They should also indicate whether they would be willing to compete in the other distance if not selected for their preferred distance. If an athlete does not indicate a preferred distance, then the longer distance will be assumed to be the preferred distance.
  2. When declaring their intent to compete the athletes must notify the Chair of the Race Walk Committee, Ron Daniel (860) 669 – 9008, or via email <>   (Deadlines SEE Above).  The chair will acknowledge via email receipt of the athletes intent to compete and the distance the athlete has declared for.
  3. In naming the teams, the chair will first go down the list of declared athletes at each distance and in rank order of finish at the Trials, assign the first five (5) qualified athletes to the senior team for that distance and first three (3) qualified juniors of each gender to the junior team for that gender. 
  4. If, after step #6, an athlete is on more than one roster, then the chair will, in accordance with athlete’s preferences established thru step #4, replace the athlete at the non-preferred distance with the next declared and qualified athlete, if any, using the rank order of trials finish at the non-preferred distance. 
  5. Any situation that is unable to be resolved using these steps will be resolved by the Chair, in consultation with the affected athletes and the Executive Committee. The resulting rosters will be named to the Team Champ team.
  6. If, after going through the steps above, any team that has fewer than five (5) named members (three for juniors), the chair may, at his discretion, name additional athletes to that team.  This shall be done with the approval of the Executive Committee and may only be done when primary consideration is given to rank order of finish at the Trials.  However, there is no requirement to send full, or even partial, teams to the Team Championships competition.
  7. Athletes named to the team are required to maintain fitness and prepare properly for the Team Championships travel and competition.   An athlete is required to report any situation that may affect the athlete’s ability to travel and compete to the team’s head coach in a timely fashion.
  8. If any athlete withdraws from a team after being named to it, but before midnight on April 12, 2016, the chair shall use the procedures outlined in the steps above to name a replacement athlete. If an athlete withdraws after midnight on April 12th no replacement shall be named unless the Chair in consultation with the Race Walk Executive Committee and USATF National Office Staff determines that doing so is in the best interests of the team. If they so determine, the Chair shall, in consultation with the Executive Committee, name the replacement.
  1. Athletes must be USA Track & Field (USATF) members in good standing at the time of the selection through the end of the 2016 IAAF World Race Walking Team championships.
  2. Nominated athletes are required to sign a USATF Statement of Conditions for participation.
  • An athlete who is to be nominated to the Team by USATF may be removed as a nominee for any of the following reasons, as determined by USATF: 
  1. Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to USATF’s CEO. 
  1. Injury or illness as certified by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USATF. If an athlete refuses verification of his/her illness or injury by a physician (or medical staff) approved by USATF, his/her injury will be assumed to be disabling and he/she may be removed. 
  1. Violation of USATF’s Statement of Conditions. 
  •    Involuntary Withdrawal.  An athlete who is named to the team by virtue of an error or oversight (by USATF)     may be removed from the team at any time.

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