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Date: 10–15 July 2018

Venue: Tampere, Finland

Website: iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-u20-championships

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1. General Information

Singapore Athletics Association (SAA) intends to nominate all athletes for the World Junior Championships (WJC) who have achieved the criteria. A maximum of two athletes from any one Member can compete in each event (with the exception of the Relays). The tentative travel dates will be from 08th to 16th July 2018.

2. Qualifying Period

The qualifying period lasts from 01.01.2018 until 02.07.2018.

3. General Eligibility

To be eligible for selection each athlete must:

    3.1 Be a citizen of the Republic of Singapore; (Note: Permanent residents are not considered as citizens.);

    3.2 Only athletes aged 16, 17, 18 or 19 on 31 December 2018 (born in 1999, 2000, 2001 or 2002 may compete. The maximum number of events in which a Youth athlete (born in 2001 or 2002) can compete is two individual events plus one of the relays. If the two individual events are Track Events, only one of these may be longer than 200m.

    3.3 Have met the performance requirements stated below (see table 1) in a competition mentioned under 5.;

    3.4 Be able to commit to a WJC finalist level training program which includes a structured annual plan (emphasizing on WJC as the main competition) and a WJC finalist level event specific training program with at least ten hours of training every week until WJC;

    3.5 Be able to travel to international competitions in the months following nomination and leading to the WJC;

    3.6 Have submitted the registration form (which will be posted on SAA’s website by mid of April) to be considered for WJC to SAA by 15.06.2018;

    3.7 Have signed an athletes’ agreement;

    3.8 Be available to fulfil the Team Commitments as listed below and any additional commitments following nomination and selection; as allowed by the permanent
    geographical training location;

    3.9 Not used or administered any substance which if it had been detected as being present in the athlete’s body tissue or fluids, would have constituted doping, or used any prohibited method or committed any other doping offense as defined in ADS’s, WADA or IAAF’s Anti-Doping By-law.

4. Competitions for qualifying

All athletes must:

    4.1 All achievements submitted for consideration should have taken place at SAA/IAAF sanctioned championships and trials, but athletes may submit the achievements from overseas championships and meets of athletes studying in overseas tertiary institutions. However, these have to be properly accredited and sanctioned to be accepted (written confirmation by SAA upon sending an email to SAA).

    4.2 Achievements from overseas championships have to be properly accredited and sanctioned to be accepted. However, these have to be properly accredited and sanctioned to be accepted (written confirmation by SAA upon sending an email to SAA).

    4.3 For 100m, 200m, 100m / 110m hurdles, long and triple jump events: only
    performances with legal wind-speed will be accepted.

    4.4 For all track and road racing events: only performances measured by using an electronic timing system will be accepted. Road performances will be accepted for race walk.

5. Team Commitments

All athletes must:

    5.1 Comply with the provision of the SAA Athletes Agreement at all times;

    5.2 Conform to SAA requirements regarding team participation. This includes, but may not be limited to, providing the required training plans, attendance at pre-event camp and wearing team uniform as required;

    5.3 Make themselves available for all team activities designated by SAA, as allowed by the geographical training location;

    5.4 Not act in such a manner to bring the athletes, officials or SAA in public disrepute;

    5.5 Athletes are required to appear at events and platforms whereby their images and presence are needed to achieve SAA’s objective

      a. A maximum of 2 appearances for SAA will be required

      b. Appearances will not exceed more than two [2] hours in duration.

6. Withdrawal

In the event that a selected athlete decides to withdraw from the competition (unless injured, proved by medical certificate) more than three days after SAA announced the final lists of participants, the athlete has to bear the full costs (air tickets, insurances, accommodation or other costs) that SAA has paid for the trip. No replacement will be made for last minute withdrawal.

7. Nomination process

Any eligible athlete achieving the entry standard mentioned in table 1 during the qualifying period will be considered for nomination. The entry standard is given by IAAF.

Relay events

    7.1 A maximum of one [1] team per event (4x100m, 4x400m, men and women) may be considered for nomination when the team has achieved the entry standard
    mentioned in table 1.

8. Selection process

Individual events

    8.1 The first [1st] and second [2nd] ranked athletes in the 2018 season’s ranking (01.01.2018 – 02.07.2018, comprising competitions mentioned at 4.) for all events will then be selected for WJC nomination.

    8.2 In case there is a tie between two or more athletes, SAA will compare and choose the athlete’s 2nd best performance and so on, achieved in the respective period (comprising competitions mentioned at 5.).

Relay events

    8.3 Nominations for the 4x100m relays (6 athletes for each team) will be done including but not limited to the following parameters:

      100m season best (comprising competitions mentioned at 5.) / testing of speed maintenance ability, run-up accuracy, baton passing and curve-running ability.

      Individual attendance and commitment to relay training will be taken into consideration.

    8.4 Nominations for the 4x400m relay (6 athletes for each team) will be based on the fastest individual 400m timings from 01.01.2018 until 02.07.2018 (comprising
    competitions mentioned at 5.).

    8.5 The final decision of the composition of the ultimate four [4] relay runners (4x100m and 4x400m) will be made by the Technical Director in consultation with the respective relay coach. This decision will be made prior to event.

    8.6 The nomination panel reserves the right not to nominate an athlete/team to
    represent Singapore in the WJC if, in its sole opinion, the athlete/team concerned
    cannot meet the fitness and performance targets set by SAA.

    8.7 Athlete/s shall be required to be certified medically fit to compete at the WJC by qualified SSI personnel prior to nomination to the WJC, and shall remain medically fit to compete to be eligible to compete in the WJC.


SAA intends to send athletes to the WJC, who have achieved the qualification standard mentioned in Table 1. In case no athlete has met this standard, SAA deserves the right to nominate one athlete to participate in the WJC based on a wildcard. The athlete, whose performance in the period of 01.01.2018 until 02.07.2018 is closest to the qualification standard (a maximum of 2% off), might be nominated to represent Singapore at the WJC. The final approval of this wildcard is up to IAAF:

    “IAAF allows Members who have no male and/or female qualified athletes whom they wish to enter in any Championships event, may enter one unqualified male athlete OR one unqualified female athlete in one event of the Championships (except the Field Events (see below), Combined Events, 10,000m, 3000m Steeplechase and 5000m Women).

    Members who have no male and/or no female qualified athlete but whose best athlete excels in a Field Event, may submit to the IAAF, by the time of the Preliminary Entry deadline, the name of their athlete plus performance they would like to enter in the Field Event. The Technical Delegates will make the final decision and, to do so, may seek the opinion of the relevant Area Association.”

9. Coaches selection

    9.1 The Technical Director or another staff member of SAA’s sports development and performance team may be the Head Coach / Team Manager for WJC if there is a need for a Head Coach / Team Manager.

    9.2 The number of team coaches selected will depend on the number of athletes selected and will be determined by the number of accreditations provided by IAAF.

    9.3 The team coaches will be nominated in accordance to the following priority under these restrictions:

    1st priority: One [1) coach for each of the event groups (sprints / jumps / pole vault / throws / middle & long distances + race walking / multi-events) in which Singaporean athletes are competing at. The coach who is dealing with the highest ranked athlete (in relation to latest IAAF World Junior Championship entry standard in the respective discipline) will be selected first. The coach who is dealing with the next ranked athlete in another event group will then be selected as the 2nd coach (and so on).

10. Appeal

    10.1 Where there is a conflict or dispute in respect of these Guidelines for the nomination of athletes to represent Singapore in the WJC, SAA reserves the sole right to interpret this document and to use its discretion in the resolution of the matter in conflict or dispute.

    10.2 The appeal board should not be seen as:

      1. A second pass selection panel, excusing the initial selection panel from
      undertaking true and diligent procedures

      2. An automatic second chance for selection by the athletes

    10.3 Athletes may only appeal on the grounds that the nomination event was not executed in accordance with its notice of race or the nomination process was not carried out in accordance with this policy document.

    10.4 The Athlete Selection Appeals Standing Committee made up of three MC members
    who are not part of the nomination panel to hear the appeal within one week of

    10.5 Any appeal must accord with the following procedure:

      Athletes must state in writing, their intention to appeal a selection decision within seven (7) days of the announcement of the initial nomination decision. Written intentions to appeal must be submitted to:

        Secretary General
        Singapore Athletics Association
        3 Stadium Drive, 397630 Singapore

      2. The Secretary General immediately informs the Athlete Selection Appeals Standing Committee. The Athlete Selection Appeals Standing Committee shall convene its first hearing within seven (7) days from receipt of such notice.

      3. The Athlete Selection Appeals Standing Committee is not bound by the rules of evidence but must observe the principle of procedural fairness.

      4. The Athlete Selection Appeals Standing Committee will give its decision as soon as practicable after the hearing and will provide their decision to SAA’s MC and the Sports Development and Performance team and the appellant with a statement of the reason for its decision.

Table 1: SAA Nomination Standard World Junior Championships 2018
Based on IAAF criteria (except relays)




Entry Standard


Entry Standard



















14:15.00 / 8:15.00 (3000m)






09:10.00  (0.914m)

3000m SC

10:43.00  (0.762m)

14.20 (0.991m)

110mH /100mH

14.10 (0.838m)

53.00 (0.914m)


60.75 (0.762m)


10,000m RW



4x100 Relay



4x400 Relay



Decathlon / Heptathlon



High Jump



Pole Vault



Long Jump



Triple Jump


18.25 (6kg)

Shot Put

14.50 (4kg)

56.00 (1.75kg)


48.00 (1kg)

68.00 (6kg)


57.00 (4kg)

68.70 (800g)


50.00 (600g)

* equals qualification mark for 2016 WJC final

Related links:
2016 IAAF World U20 Championships
2014 IAAF World Junior Championships
2012 IAAF World Junior Championships

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