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Competition Procedures

Call Room

Refreshments and toilet facilities will be available close to Call Room as well as medical assistance in case of need. All athletes must report according to the following Call Room times for their particular event.

Disciplines To Call Room Arrive at
Competition Site
Pole Vault 85 minutes 60 minutes
High Jump 65 minutes 40 minutes
Throws and Horizontal Jumps 55 minutes 30 minutes
All Track Events (Except Hurdles and Relays) 30 minutes 10 minutes
Hurdles and Relays 40 minutes 15 minutes
Race Walking Events 45 minutes 10 minutes
Marathon 45 minutes 10 minutes

To ensure that every competitor reports on time to the Call Room, a pre-call service by the public announcement system in English will be used at Eläintarha warm-up area as well as electronic boards indicating the call room reporting time.

Athletes who do not report to the Call Room will be deleted from the start list and excluded from the event in question and may be excluded from any other event for which they are entered.

Once in Call Room, the athletes will be identified by their accreditation and their competition bib number.

  • Competition numbers
  • Shoes and spikes
  • Uniforms
  • Bags (identification on and content of)
  • Personal belongings (the use of video cameras, tape recorders, radios, CD players, radio transmitters, cell phones or similar devices in the Stadium will not be permitted – IAAF Rule 144.2)
  • Food / colored drinks
  • Magnesium powder (except for throwers and pole vaulters)
  • Advertising

All items not authorized by IAAF regulations will be retained by the Judges, who will give a receipt to the athlete. The athlete will be able to collect such items from the Olympic Stadium TIC once their event has finished, on presentation of their receipt.

When the control has been completed, Call Room Officials will accompany the athletes from the Call Room to the Last Check Point inside the Olympic Stadium.

Road Events Call Room

For the Race Walking events, where the start and finish are located in the Olympic Stadium, the standard
Call Room procedures will apply. For the Marathon events, where the start will take place beside the Helsinki Market Square, the Call Room will be located at the City Hall. There the athletes will go through their final check. Details for the Call Room Procedures will be available in the Athletes' Village TIC.

Last Check Point

Due to limited space, athletes will not be able to warm up at the last Check Point. Areas for stretching will be available. Refreshments and toilet facilities will also be available. At the last Check Point, competitors taking part in track events will be given two adhesive hip numbers which they must attach to both sides on their body on either competition uniform or legs on the outer thigh or hip area.

At the designated time, the athletes will be gathered together by an Official who will lead them onto the field of competition.

Combined Events (Decathlon and Heptathlon)

Competitors taking part in combined events must report to the Call Room at the start of each day.
Rest rooms for the competitors taking part in combined events will be provided close to the last Check Point, where athletes can rest and wait for their next event. These rooms are considered to be the Call Room for all subsequent events on that day. As the presence of the athletes in this room between events is not obligatory, all athletes must report to this room before the start of an event to undergo their final check. Fruit, energy bars and drinks will be provided in the rest room. Toilet and shower facilities will also be available. Access to the Combined Events Rest Room is limited to competitors and one or two other accredited persons per athlete (coach, doctor, etc.) who are in possession of the appropriate Combined Events Rest Area pass. These passes will be distributed by the Head Manager at the Olympic Stadium Athlete Seating area before the start of the competition.

Procedure to Enter the Competition Site

When the control has been completed at the last Check Point and at the time designated for their entry onto the track, the athletes will be accompanied by an official to the start of their event's competition area. During an event, no athlete may leave the competition area without permission from the Chief Judge of the event. In such case, athletes must be escorted by an official. Refreshments in sealed bottles will be provided to all athletes on the infield.

Starters

Practice sessions with the starters will take place on Thursday August 4, 2005 at 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and on Friday August 5: at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Otaniemi track.

Starter's Commands

The starter's commands will be in Finnish.

For track events up to 400m (inclusive) including all relays, they will be:
"Paikoillenne" (On Your Marks)
"Valmiit" (Set)
Starting pistol

For track events 800m and over, they will be:
"Paikoillenne" (On Your Marks)
Starting pistol

Procedure to Exit the Competition Arena

All athletes will leave the Competition Area through the Mixed Zone to the Post Event Area (PEA) where track athletes will collect their personal belongings. In the qualifying rounds for horizontal jumps and throwing events, when an athlete has reached the qualifying standard, they may leave the competition area (as described above) at the end of the round accompanied by an Official. In the High Jump and Pole Vault events, athletes who have been eliminated may leave the competition area (as described above) after the completion of a height, on condition that they are accompanied by an Official. Except in the final whereby the athletes placed first, second and third, will leave together at the end of the event. In the Combined Events, the athletes will exit the competition site at the end of each event, accompanied by an Official. Toilet facilities are available for the athletes during the competition. Athletes must be accompanied by a Judge.

Post Event Procedures

After the completion of each event, the athletes must follow the Post Event Procedure described below:

Mixed Zone

At the conclusion of each event, all athletes will be directed to the Mixed Zone, where the accredited representatives of media can conduct short interviews with athletes immediately after competition. All the athletes must pass through the Mixed Zone in order to leave the field of competition.

The first part of the Mixed Zone (TV) is located in the stadium's southern curve, in 4 levels in the media tribune. The second part of the Mixed Zone (radio, ENG and written press), is located right outside the stadium, behind the media tribune.

Post Event Area (PEA)

The Post Event Area (PEA) is located adjacent to the Mixed Zone. Baskets containing athletes' clothing and bags will be delivered here from the starting line for track athletes, including race walks and marathons. The Doping Control Escorts will complete the official documents with any athletes who are selected for doping control. The Ceremony Assistants will escort the medal-winning athletes to the protocol zone. The volunteers for the Marathon and Race Walking events will escort athletes incapable of completing the events and disqualified athletes to the Post Event Control Area.

Protests and Appeals

Protests are allowed and shall be processed according to IAAF Rule 146. Protests concerning the result
or conduct of an event must be made within 30 minutes of the official announcement of the result of that
event. Any protest shall, in the first instance, be made orally to the Referee by the athlete himself or by
someone acting on his behalf. An appeal to the Jury of Appeal must be made within 30 minutes of the official announcement of the decision made by the Referee, in writing on the official forms, signed by a responsible official on behalf of the athlete, and shall be accompanied by a deposit of US $100, or its equivalent, which will be forfeited if the protest is not upheld. All appeals must be submitted to the Technical Information Centre (TIC) in the Olympic Stadium, from where they will be immediately forwarded to the Secretary of the Jury of Appeal.

Medal Ceremony

Medal Ceremonies will take place after the finals, in accordance with the published schedule (the examination of appeals may lead to delays). After passing through the Mixed Zone and the Post Event Area, the medal-winning athletes will be escorted to the Medal Ceremonies marshalling area, where they will be briefed by the personnel in charge of the ceremonies. The athletes are led to and from the presentation area by an Athlete Escort. The athletes finishing in first, second and third place will be recognized according to IAAF protocol. The country flags of all the medalists will be hoisted during the playing of the national anthem of the gold medalist's country. Events in progress will be suspended during the medal ceremony or only during the playing of the national anthem. Athletes are required to wear their official national awards suit or uniform (according to the IAAF Rules) and are not allowed to carry national flags or other items to the award ceremony. Prior to the award ceremony athletes will be given by the LOC official the presentation bib, which has to be worn by the athlete and must not be covered or folded.

Press Conference

Immediately after the Medal Ceremonies, athletes must proceed, if requested, to the Press Conference Tent to take part in the official event press conference. A Doping Control Escort will then accompany them to the Doping Control Station, if they are required to undergo doping control.

MARATHON

The Marathon races will start beside the Helsinki Market Square adjacent to the City Hall. The finish will take place inside the Olympic Stadium and will be at the normal finish line. Upon entering the Stadium the athletes will run directly to the finish line (approximately 300m). The shortest possible route of the marathon will be indicated on the road surface by a blue line. Each kilometer point will be marked along the route.

The race time will be displayed on the lead vehicle at the head of the race. Display clocks will also be placed every five kilometers along the route, and at the halfway mark. A vehicle will follow the race to pick up any competitors who are unable to complete the course or who have been disqualified. These athletes will be driven to the Olympic Stadium and escorted to the Post Event Area.

Use of Transponders

Athletes taking part in the Marathon events must wear a transponder, which they will attach to the shoelaces on one shoe by velcro. If an athlete will not wear shoes for all, or part of the race, they will be given an ankle band. Transponders will be allocated in the Marathon Call Room at the City Hall and collected after the race in the Post Event Area.

Call Room

As the start for the Marathon races is located beside the Helsinki Market Square, a simplified Call Room
procedure will be put in place. All checks will be made in a single Call Room. All participants must report to the Call Room 45 minutes before the start at the latest. The participants may continue to warm up after having reported at the Call Room. The Call Room Officials will make the final checks and attach the transponders 10 minutes before the start. Once the final checks are completed the athletes will be taken to the start line. The athletes will be placed on the start line so that the top runner of each country will be placed as first and all the others behind him/her.

Marathon Shuttle Schedule

Shuttle buses from the Athletes Village will provide transport to the starting zone of the Marathon races. There will be three departures from the Village enabling athletes to have a longer warm-up if needed. See the athlete packet for time schedules.

Refreshment Stations

There will be eight (8) refreshment stations situated just after: 4.5 km, 10.5 km, 14.5 km, 20.5 km, 24.5 km,
30.5 km, 34.5 km and 40.5 km. Each of these stations will be divided into two sections:

  • personal refreshments
  • collective refreshments

Signs indicating an upcoming refreshment station will be displayed 100 meters before each Refreshment
Station.

Personal Refreshments

Competitors in the Marathon events will be able to prepare and access their own refreshments. The personal refreshment bottles must be handed in at the Athletes' Village TIC by 10:0 a.m. on August 13 for the Men's Marathon and by 10:00 a.m. on August 14 for the Women's Marathon. The bottles will be taken to the appropriate refreshment station by the LOC. LOC will provide competitors with bottles for their personal refreshments and stickers to label them. The bottles and labels will be distributed from the Athletes' Village TIC. The Athletes may also use their own bottles. They should preferably not be metallic or hard and must comply with the IAAF Advertising Regulations. Competitors not accompanied by a Team Official must inform the TIC to obtain assistance if needed. All personal refreshments must clearly display the following information:

  • athlete's name
  • athlete's number
  • three-letter abbreviation of their National Federation
  • kilometer station at which the refreshment is to be situated

Each table will be numbered and identified by country code.

Collective Refreshments

In addition to the personal refreshment tables, the LOC will set up tables for collective refreshments. These refreshments will be:

  • water
  • isotonic drinks
  • dried fruit
  • fresh fruit
  • sugar

Drinking/Sponging Stations

In accordance with IAAF Rules, seven (7) drinking/sponging stations will be located along the course just
after: 7.5 km, 12.5 km, 17.5 km, 22.5 km, 27.5 km, 32.5 km and 37.5 km. Each station will consist of two
sections: one for water and one for sponges. Signs indicating an upcoming Drinking/Sponging station will be displayed 100 m prior to the station.

Mist Station

There will be two Mist Stations (20 km and 30 km) located slightly outside of the blue line. A mist station
consists of a shower-like apparatus releasing a fine spray of water from above. The mist stations will be
situated just before the sponging stations (22.5 km and 32.5 km). Signs indicating an upcoming mist station
will be displayed 100 m prior to the station.

Assistance

During the competition, athletes are not allowed to receive any kind of assistance in any manner from other persons. When a competitor is unable to continue running due to physical difficulty, they must inform the nearest Official. A competitor is not allowed to receive assistance from any persons other than a member of the designated medical team, who will carry out an on-the-spot medical examination.

First Aid Points will be located close to the refreshment and sponging stations and also at the start and the
finish.

Prohibitions

Competitors are prohibited from taking food or drinks other than those provided at the Refreshment Stations and the Drinking/Sponging Stations.

Finish

There will be an alternate finish line in the Eläintarha warm-up area for athletes finishing after 3 hours in the men's marathon and 3 hours 30 minutes in the women's marathon. Athletes still running will be directed to a finish line situated on the warm-up field. Official times will still be recorded.

Toilets

Outside toilets will be available at 7.5 km, 12.5 km, 17.5 km, 22.5 km, 27.5 km, 32.5 km and 37.5 km, close to the sponging stations.

RACE WALKING EVENTS

The Race Walking events start and finish at the Olympic Stadium. The start line for the Race Walking events will be at the Southeast corner of the Stadium, near the 300m line. The finish will be at the normal finish line. The athletes will complete almost a lap before exiting the Stadium.

The circuit is a 2 km loop. Upon re-entering the Stadium at the end of the Race Walking events, the athletes will walk directly to the finish line (approximately 320m). Display clocks will be placed along the route so that the athletes will be able to see their split times at the first 2 km point and every subsequent kilometer.

Use of Transponders

Athletes taking part in the walking events must wear a transponder, which they will attach to the shoelaces on one shoe by velcro. If an athlete will not wear shoes for all, or part of the race, they will be given an ankle band. Transponders will be allocated in the Last Check Point and collected after the race in the Post Event Area.

Refreshment Stations

There will be one refreshment station on the circuit. The station will be divided into two areas:

  • personal refreshments
  • collective refreshments

A sign indicating the upcoming refreshment station will be displayed 100 m before the Refreshment Station.

Personal Refreshments

Competitors in the walking events will be able to prepare and access their own refreshments.
The distribution of personal refreshments will be the responsibility of Team Officials. Please note that a
maximum of two officials from each Federation may be stationed behind the tables at the Personal Refreshment Station. Personal refreshments will be taken to the table by a person designated with the personal refreshment station pass by the team. Competitors who do not have an available Team Official should inform the TIC to arrange assistance if needed.

A maximum of 2 passes will be distributed to each team with athletes participating in race walk events. The passes will be distributed at the Athletes' Village TIC before the competition. The LOC will provide competitors with bottles for their personal refreshments and labels to identify their bottles. The bottles and labels will be distributed from the Athletes' Village TIC. The Athletes may also use their own bottles. They should preferably not be metallic or hard and must comply with the IAAF Advertising Regulations.

Each personal bottle must clearly display the following information:

  • athlete's name
  • athlete's number
  • three-letter abbreviation of their National Federation

Each table will be numbered and identified by country code.

Collective Refreshments

In addition to the personal refreshment tables, the LOC will set up tables for collective refreshments. These refreshments will be:

  • water
  • isotonic drinks
  • dried fruit
  • fresh fruit
  • sugar

Drinking / Sponging Stations

There will also be one Drinking/Sponging Station on the circuit divided into two areas: one for water and
one for sponges. A sign indicating an upcoming Drinking/Sponging station will be displayed 100 m prior to the station.

Mist Station

There may be one mist station on the route (if the temperature demands it). A mist station consists of a
shower-like apparatus releasing a fine spray of water from above. A sign indicating an upcoming mist station will be displayed 100 m prior to the station.

Check-in at Call Room

All participants must report to Call Room at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the race.

Assistance

During the competition, athletes are not allowed to receive any kind of assistance in any manner from other persons. When a competitor is unable to continue walking due to physical difficulty, they must inform the nearest Judge. A competitor is not permitted to receive assistance from any persons other than a member of the designated medical team, who will carry out an on-the-spot medical examination.

Prohibitions

The competitors are prohibited to take food or drinks other than those provided at the Refreshment Stations and the Drinking/Sponging stations.

Toilets

Outside toilets will be available on the route.

Warnings and Disqualifications

A disqualification board will be placed at the turning point close to the Stadium. All disqualified athletes must leave the circuit immediately.

Lap Scoring

The number of laps remaining will be clearly indicated to the competitors.

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