Who will succeed Australia’s Stan Perkins as WMA president? Will the General Assembly in Malaga downsize itself — by limiting each nation to a maximum of three delegates instead of five? Will the Age-Graded Tables be updated for single-year use instead of the current five-year groupings?
Those questions will be answered the first Saturday of the world meet, under way in a month.
Also up for a vote — eliminating the office of women’s representative. (The WMA Council, which made the proposal, said: “Over time the composition of the Council and the Committees of the Council have changed so that women now have a good representation. There is also now total equality in the competition events provided.”)
According to docs I’ve obtained, WMA won’t be considering any new rules of competition. (But the Age-Graded Tables idea apparently would boost points for combined-event athletes near the end of their age groups.)
Two days before the prez election, athletes and delegates will be able to quiz the three candidates. But I jumped the gun and sent questionnaires to the trio. They graciously responded by my August 1 deadline.
History could be made, with the prospect of the first American or first woman being chosen to lead World Masters Athletics. We’ll see. (These interviews were lightly edited to account for language differences.)
- Q&A with Germany’s Margit Jungmann
- Q&A with Finland’s Vesa Lappalainen
- Q&A with America’s Gary Snyder
Here are the General Assembly documents:
- Malaga motions for General Assembly
- Malaga presidential candidates biographies
- Malaga 2018 General Assembly agenda
- Malaga Championship rules 2018-2020
- Malaga Candidates Forum
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