Athletics: Golden Four extended with more money and meetings
Saturday 22 November 1997
The Golden Four of Zurich, Brussels, Oslo and Berlin, who have until now organised their own prize structure within the overall enclosure of the grand prix, will be joined by the meetings in Rome, Monte Carlo and - probably - Paris.
Primo Nebiolo, the president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, said the Golden League jackpot would be divided equally among athletes who win each of their events in each of the meetings, plus finishing first at the grand prix final scheduled for Moscow on 5 September.
Athletes breaking a world record at a Golden League meeting will receive a bonus of $50,000 (pounds 33,000). The League schedule is planning to run from 14 July.
Meanwhile, the former East German coach Ekkart Arbeit has been released by Athletics Australia because of his links with drug abuse and his 20 years service as a secret police informer.
The Australian Sports Minister, Andrew Thomson, confirmed yesterday that the AA would not proceed with Arbeit's proposed $280,000 contract for the four years leading up to the Sydney Olympics. Arbeit's appointment had been under review after a German parliamentary official, Werner Franke, said the former head track and field and throws coach during the 1980s played a major part in the abuse of drugs in East Germany.
Australian media gained files this week from the Federal Commission for the Stasi Archives in Berlin which confirmed Arbeit had knowledge of the East German drugs programme.
Arbeit was a Stasi informer from 1970-89, detailing in intimate details the sexual life, personal habits, financial details and politically indiscreet remarks of athletes and officials under his care.
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Jennifer Lawrence face palms Emma Watson at Christian Dior show in Paris
Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
Pamplona Running of the Bulls 2014: Briton critically injured in San Fermin festival
Israel's deadliest Gaza air strikes yet kill five children from same family as Palestinian rocket barrage continues
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 2 Gingers face extinction due to climate change, scientists warn
- 4 BBC’s new Game of Thrones slayer 'The Last Kingdom' relies on Saxon appeal, creators say
- 5 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
£10000 - £15000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: The JobWe are now rec...
£18000 - £25000 per annum + DOE, OTE £40000: SThree: LONDON - BRISTOL - DUBLIN...
£21588 - £36756 per annum + negotiable: Randstad Education Chelmsford: ICT/Com...
£110 - £120 per day + Competitive rates of pay: Randstad Education Reading: **...