It’s official – IAFF strongly supports the 2020 Tokyo Olympic 50 KM race walk event. Additional details can be found in the attached Press Release as well as an interview with Olympian race walker Evan Dunfee after he heard the news.
Canadian Evan Dunfee elated IAAF keeping 50K race walk
Thank you to EVERYONE who signed Chris Erickson’s petition and supported this important effort.
Special thanks also to Paul DeMeester, who flew to London to the IAFF Council meeting site, booked into the same hotel the IAAF were meeting in and delivered his impassioned plea for the saving of his event. Paul’s efforts were nothing short of heroic and represent the kind of commitment we should all have for causes that really matter.
Patient and competitive race walker Paul DeMeester has been rigorously training to qualify for the 50km Race Walk Olympic Team Trials.
On 4/12/17 the IAAF will be meeting to vote on whether or not to abolish the men’s 50km race walk at the Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships and the 20km race walk moving to a half-marathon distance (21.1km). As supporters of these events, we should not, and cannot let this happen.
Please join us and sign your name on the attached petition to join the fight to save these historic, Olympic events.
Dr. Jenny Sanders