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News & Notes - April 11

Working group formed

The working group designated by USATF to examine field-of-play decisions at the 2014 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque and the USAF governance, rules and processes that surround them has been constituted and begun its work.

Led by IAAF senior vice president and USATF board member Bob Hersh, an expert on domestic and international rules and governance, the group also includes USATF Rules Committee chair John Blackburn, Athletes Advisory Committee chair Jon Drummond, athlete board representative Darvis Patton and Women’s Development chair Rose Monday.

The group will speak to athletes, coaches, officials, agents and others. Their work will continue through the spring.

Olympic legends embark on sport diplomacy missions

INDIANAPOLIS -- Four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee travels April 12-18 to Jerusalem and the West Bank on the U.S. Department of State’s inaugural Track & Field Sports Envoy program through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, USA Track & Field announced today.

The efforts are part of the U.S. government initiatives to assist in creating a future of sustained peace and opportunities in the region. In the West Bank, Joyner-Kersee will encourage the advancement of sports initiatives for Palestinian women and girls, and she will highlight the benefits of sports in promoting health and well-being, positive life skills, and in creating opportunity. The week-long schedule will connect Americans with Palestinians through clinics, team-building activities, and a track & field day as part of the Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative.

Participating on a separate sports envoy program are Olympic track & field legends Hazel Clark and Dwight Phillips, who travel together April 17-25 to Fiji on a similar mission. Clark, a three-time Olympian in the 800m, and Phillips, Beijing 2004 Olympic long jump champion, will work with a group of deaf athletes and young track runners/throwers leading up to the Coca Cola games, held in Fiji held on April 24-25.  

The U.S. Embassy in Fiji  will be partnering with the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee, Fiji Paralympic Committee, Gospel School of the Deaf and Athletics Fiji in implementing the program. and will document both Joyner-Kersee’s journey in Jersusalem, as well as the Fiji envoy featuring Clark and Philips.

For press inquiries, contact, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at or the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.

Media accreditation process opens for 2014 Youth Olympic Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The media accreditation process is now open for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, where more than 90 U.S. athletes are expected to compete from August 16-28 in Nanjing, China. Accreditation is being processed by the International Olympic Committee with a submission deadline of April 30, 2014. The application can be found here.

Late requests will not be considered for allocation. All non-rights holding broadcasters’ accreditation requests will be processed by Olympic Broadcasting Services.

For media representatives who have successfully applied for accreditation online before April 30, the Youth Olympic Accreditation Card, along with a certified passport or other official travel document, will serve as an entry visa into China. The Nanjing Organizing Committee will send YOACs to all registered media by the end of June. The pre-valid YOAC will act as a valid visa for China for a period of one month prior to and one month following the Nanjing 2014 Games.

For more information on the Youth Olympic Games, visit or the official website for Nanjing 2014

Universal Sports to provide coverage of the 2014 Boston Marathon

Universal Sports, the exclusive, national television network of the 2014 Boston Marathon, will host live pre and post-race coverage in addition to the broadcasting the live event on race day. 

Coverage begins Saturday, April 19 with the "Preview Show" slated from 4-6 p.m. On race day, Universal Sports will air the hour-long "Pre-Race Show" at 8:30 a.m. before "Marathon Monday" covers kicks off from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The "Post Race Show" begins at 12:30 p.m. with the one-hour "Wrap Up Show" concluding coverage at 4 p.m. All times are Eastern.

Universal Sports and the Boston Athletic Association have a multi-year agreement that makes Universal Sports Network and the exclusive national television and digital media home for the legendary Boston Marathon.

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