New WRE season is knocking on the door and we've finally got revision of Specification for World Ranking Events in 2012
. It is great that this was done before real season start, especially because for many events in the past Points calculation was not strictly by the most disputed rule 2.2 (min. 3 or 4 ranked runners) and 2.3 (why 0 points don’t count). Fairness of Points calculation and same fair treatment at WREs for all athletes is one big step towards more WRL credibility.
In previous thread feet
mentioned that at WREs we might have a three sets of conflicting rules. I have never read about any protest made on WREs based on eligibility issue.
So is it possible to have ineligible competitors at WRE start list or more important can they get WRE points? From my practice and based on other official results I was sure that any athlete is eligible to start at WRE in Elite class (at least in our case) and that IOF doesn’t have any special eligibility rule although I have always thought that this is not good because WRE is an official IOF international event.
So I was very surprised to see IOF footO rule:
WRE 5.5 The W21 and M21 classes shall be restricted to competitors classified as elite competitors by their Federation or who are selected for the class based on their position in a Federation’s ranking scheme.
It wouldn’t be wrong to know if individual athlete without Federation’s membership is eligible to start in Elite class or start yes, but no Points. Can someone explain how this rule should be/is implemented in practice?