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Tough standards for CG

Monday 17 December 2012

Welsh Athletics has announced the qualification standards required of athletes to be eligible for selection to the Welsh team to participate in the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014. In order to be considered for selection, athletes must have achieved either one A standard performance or two B standard performances in the qualifying period. Each athlete must also take part in the official trials; in the event that he/she wishes to contest at the Games.

The philosophy behind the policy is "to select a team of athletes capable of competing with distinction at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with the individuals and/or the team having the ability to achieve at least a top eight placing in the anticipated field".

The first eligible athlete in the final of each discipline at the official trials will be automatically nominated for that discipline provided that either;

i)  he/she has achieved a Welsh Athletics “A” standard, or

ii) he/she has achieved two Welsh Athletics “B” standards.

Tough standards have been set in order to incentivise potential team members to strive for the best possible performances. However, based on the current rankings, the team is likely to be comparatively small, but of high quality, and smaller than the team of 23 that travelled to Delhi.

This policy seems to be a break with a tradition that, at a "home" Games, a larger team is selected as the costs are lower and the Commonwealth Games are the only chance once every four years for Welsh athletes to take part in a major championship in the Welsh vest.

All athletes aspiring to win a place in the Welsh team should read the full qualification conditions that can be seen by clicking on Glasgow 2014.