With 18 months to go until the next Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India in October 2010, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with scottishathletics has announced its qualification standards for nomination for selection.
Jon Doig, Chief Executive Commonwealth Games Scotland said: “With the start of the athletics season fast approaching we are delighted to be able to publish the qualification standards required to be considered for the Scottish Team in Delhi. Whilst specific to athletics, the standards reflect the aim across all sports of athletes finishing in the top eight, based on performances at the last Commonwealth Games.”
Nigel Hetherington, scottishathletics Performance Development Manager said: “With the increasing globalisation of athletics these standards are unquestionably tough in many events. However, they are also realistic and attainable by a healthy number of Scots and broadly represent what it would have taken to achieve a top eight finish in Melbourne 2006. For Scotland to achieve the performance outcomes demanded in Glasgow 2014 and to make a serious impact on Team GB in London 2012, a strong showing is essential in Delhi 2010 to show we are absolutely on track.”
The qualification period opens for the marathon on 25 April 2009, one day prior to the Flora London Marathon, and closes on 30 June 2010. In order to meet the criteria for selection, athletes must achieve a single qualifying standard within that period on a course complying with IAAF standards.
The qualification period for all other events opens on 1 May 2009, closing at midnight on 1 August 2010, and athletes must achieve the qualification standard on a minimum of two occasions in officially sanctioned events during that time, with primary consideration being given to athletes achieving outdoor qualifying performances in 2010.
The maximum number of athletes per event is three. Where more than three athletes attain the qualification standard in an event, then head-to-head results and Championship performances (Scottish National level and above) in 2010 will be considered.
Delhi 2010 will also offer competition opportunities for Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) in the following pre-determined event categories:
Men Shot Put F32/34/52; Men 100m T46; Men 1500m T54;
Women Shot Put F32-34/52/54; Women 100m T37; Women 1500m T54