Friday, February 25, 2011

Asian Cross-Country C'ships 2011 Postponed

Asian Cross-County C'ships 2011 (Race Date :  20/02/2011 -  Postponed)

The Asian Cross Country Championships is held once in every two years and it is a regional running competition for athletes from Asia. The race is organised by the Asian Athletics Association. The first Asian Cross Country Championships was first held in 1991 in Fukuoka, Japan where Shozo Shimoju and Mun Gyong-Ae came in champions for male and female race respectively. The competition has been held every two years since then, although the 2003 edition was postponed due to political conflicts within the region.

In year 2009, Ahmed Hassan Abdullah and MaryamYusuf Jamal came in first individual for the Asian Cross Country Championships for men open and women open for Qatar and Bahrain, respectively.

The championships comprises four races: separate senior races for men and for women, and two corresponding junior races for the sexes. Furthermore, in each of the four races athletes compete simultaneously for both individual medals and team medals. For the team competitions, the final positions of the best finishing runners from each country are combined and the team with the lowest points total wins.

Athletes and teams of Japan, China and Iran have historically been the most successful of the championships. However, Qatar and Bahrain have become increasingly dominant since 2005, led by a number of East African-born athletes who have transferred allegiance to the small Middle-Eastern states.

Latest news -  the 2011 edition of Asian Cross Country Championships, set for February in Kathmandu, has been postponed after the Nepalese government did not provide the requisite funds needed to host the event.

Individual Champions - For Senior Men and Women's race and Team Champion


1991
Men Open
Shozo Shimoju (JPN),  Men Team Japan (JPN)

Women Open
Mun Gyong-Ae, Team (PRK), Women Team North Korea (PRK)


1993
Men Open
Hamid Sajjadi (IRI). Men Team India (IND)
Women Open
Minori Hayakari (JPN), Women Team Japan (JPN)


1995
Men Open
Seiichi Miyajima (JPN), Men Team Japan (JPN)
Women Open
Atsumi Yashima (JPN), Women Team Japan (JPN)


1997
Men Open
Saad Shaddad Al-Asmari (KSA), Men Team Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Women Open
Chiemi Takahashi (JPN), Women Team Japan (JPN)


1999
Men Open
Ahmad Zarekar (IRI),  Men Team Japan (JPN)
Women Open
Mizuki Noguchi (JPN), Women Team Japan (JPN)


2001
Men Open
Jafar Babakhani (IRI), Men Team Sri Lanka (SRI)
Women Open
Yasuyo Iwamoto (JPN), Women Team Japan (JPN)


2004
Men Open
Han Gang (CHN), Men Team China (CHN)
Women Open
Yumi Sato (JPN), Women Team Japan (JPN)


2005
Men Open
Han Gang (CHN), Men Team  Qatar (QAT)
Women
Li Helan (CHN), Women Team China (CHN)


2007
Men Open
Ahmed Hassan Abdullah (QAT), Men Team Qatar (QAT)
Women  Open
Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR), Women Team Bahrain (BHR)


2009
Men Open
Ahmed Hassan Abdullah (QAT),  Men Team Qatar (QAT)
Women Open
Maryam Yusuf Jamal (BHR) , Women Team Japan (JPN)