Technical Rules

Technical Rules



(a) AMA shall sanction AMA Asia Championships Stadia.  Normally to be held in each even numbered year.  Application to stage Asia Masters Championships shall be submitted by an AMA affiliate.  Which shall present its candidature together with a city.  Written notification from the affiliate must be in the hands of the WMA Secretary by not later than sixty days prior to the General Assembly at which the bid is to be considered.

(b) Each AMA Asia Championships Stadia shall include a comprehensive schedule of track and field events (as shall be established by the council).  This shall include:


100m  5,000mWalk  High jump   200m   80/100/110m Hurdles
Long Jump  400m  300/400m Hurdles

Triple jump  800m  2,000/3,000mS/Chase

Pole Vault    1,500m    4×100 m relay  Shot Put
5,000m  4 x400 m  relay  Discus Throw
10,000m      Hammer Throw   Javelin Throw



High Jump     200m    80/100 Hurdles
Long Jump    400m     300/400m Hurdles
Triple Jump   800m     2,000m S/Chase
Pole Vault    1,500m       4x100m relay  Shot Put
5,000m   4x400m relay  Discus Throw
5,000m Walk   Hammer Throw
Javelin Throw

Any changes to the events shall be approved by the AMA Council/Technical
(c) The duration of the AMA Asia Championships Stadia is a minimum of
five days.

(d) AMA shall sanction such other Asia Masters Championships as may be
approved by the General Assembly.

(e) AMA shall sanction such other road and cross-country races as may be
approved by the General Assembly.

(f) AMA shall encourage its affiliates to promote regular National Masters Athletics Championships.

(g) AMA shall where appropriate encourage the promotion of Open Masters Championships with participation of several affiliates.  Such Championships have to be sanctioned by the AMA council.



(a) Competition shall be conducted only in the following age groups denominated as follows.

Age                 Male Age group            Female age group
35-39               M35                             W35
40-44               M40                             W40
45-49               M45                             W45
50-54               M50                             W50
55-59               M55                             W55
60-64               M60                             W60
65-69               M65                             W65
70-74               M70                             W70
75-79               M75                             W75
80-84               M80                             W80
85-89               M85                             W85
90-94               M90                             W90
95-99               M95                             W95
100+                M100                           W100

(b) Two or more age groups, men and women may compete together provided that here shall be separate results and awards for each age group of men and women.

(c) An athlete’s age group shall be determined by his date of birth.  Throughout any Championships, an athlete shall compete in the age group for which he qualifies on the first competition day for those championships and in no other age- group except as allowed by specific team and relay rules.



Entries to all AMA Asia Championships shall be submitted through their national AMA affiliate.  Entries not cancelled through the affiliates shall not be entertained.

If a competitor comes from a country that does not have an AMA affiliate then that competitor may enter directly.  The council may make an exception to this requirement for a specific AMA affiliate.  The AMA Secretary shall submit a list of all the AMA affiliates to the organizing committee at least 180 days prior to the start of the Championships.

Closing date for entries shall be 90 days prior to the commencement of the Championship.  Grace period for late entries may be given by the LOC for which an additional fee may be levied.



(a) AMA Asia Championships, National Athletics Championships and Open Masters Athletics Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the technical rules of IAAF except as modified by the AMA constitution, Bye -Laws and /or Rules of Competitions.

The rule changes shall require endorsement by the AMA Council/Technical Committee before introduction into AMA competitions.

(b) Any modification of the technical rules takes effect the following May 1st.
(c) AMA shall define the roles of International Officials with regard to the specific needs of master athletes and AMA championships.

(d) In AMA Championships all competitors must wear a uniform that is approved by their national masters body.

In AMA Championship races where team events are contested, it is mandatory for any athlete wishing to be considered for a team to wear a uniform clearly identifying the country that he represents as accepted by the Track Referee.

(e) The AMA council shall appoint a Safety Judge with authority to withdraw from competition any athlete who is improperly performing the event whose continued participation in the competition would in the opinion of the Safety Judge endanger the athlete’s health or the progress of other competitors.  The Safety Judge may exercise his authority through deputies and both the Safety Judge and any deputies shall be clearly identifiable as such.

(f) Competitors shall be advised, preferably in the program of the reporting time for each event.  No round or stage of any event shall commence at a time earlier than that shown in the printed program.

(g) The Organizing Committee of each Asia Masters Athletics Championships shall send a copy of the official results to the AMA council and to each AMA affiliate and to the WMA.



(a) When preliminary rounds are conducted athletes of each nation shall be placed in different heats where ever possible.

(b) Heats shall be drawn so that normally the best performers reach the final.

(c) In track events longer than 1500 meters, competitors may be restricted to the two outer lanes at any time within five minutes of the scheduled commencement time of the next track event at that venue.

(d) For outdoor races which are run entirely in lanes, lane assignments in rounds after the first round shall be based on competitors performances (times) at the most recent stage of the event and shall be as follows.

1st   lane 4               2nd   lane 5               3rd  lane 3
4th  lane 6              5th    lane 2               6th  lane 7
7th  lane 1               8th    lane 8               9th  lane 9

Where two or more competitors have recorded the same time at the most recent stage, those competitors shall draw for the lanes involved.

(e) The Meeting Director or his designee may alter the composition of heats, as well as the number of participants per heat, depending on the number of competitors actually reporting.

First preliminary rounds, if required shall always be run at their scheduled times.  Further rounds will then be cancelled as necessary.  All finals will be run at their scheduled times.

(f) When team competitions are included in road-races, cross country races and walking races there shall be three team awards on the basis that each affiliate is entitled to count one team (best three to score) in each five year age division and the result shall be computed on a cumulative time basis.

(g) In road races, cross country races and road walking races every athlete competes individually in his own age group.  For team scoring athletes will only be permitted to drop to a lower age group to complete the required number for a team provided that the following requirements are met:

(I) The lower age group shall be in the same race as that in which the athlete   competes individually.

(II) The athlete’s country does not have a sufficient number of athletes in that age group to make up a full team in that age group.

(III) Every team must submit a start list that shows the names and age group of all their athletes competing in a particular age group

(IV) An athlete may only score in one team and

(V) A maximum of two athletes from an older age group may be declared in a team not of their age group

Should it be found that an athlete has entered for the team scoring in a younger age group wherein the affiliate has already sufficient athletes within the team’s age group to make up a full team the team will be disqualified.

(h) Master competitors are not required to use starting blocks or a crouch start or have both hands in contact with the track for the start of any race.

(i) In any race, athletes who are charged with a false start as determined by the head starter shall be warned.  Athletes who are charged with a second false start in the same race as determined by the head starter, shall be disqualified.  The current IAAF rule regarding one false start is consequently not adopted by WMA /AMA.



(a)The specifications for hurdles are as set out in appendix A hereto.

(b) Competitors must hurdle with a continuous motion thus ensuring that both feet must be off the ground for at least an instant.



(a) The specifications for steeplechase shall be as set out in appendix A hereto

(b) Competitors may hurdle or vault the barriers or step on the top rail in continuous motion but may not climb them.  The hands or the feet may touch only the top surface of the barrier and no other part of the body may touch any part of the barriers



(a) In AMA Championships relay races 4×100 and 4×400 meters shall be conducted in five year age groups between teams entered by affiliates in writing by Team Managers.  Each affiliate may enter only one team in each relay

(b) In AMA Championships in each relay race an athlete may compete for a team in only one age group which may be a lower age group that that of the athlete



(a) Competitors may use their own implements, provided these are checked and marked as approved by Organizing Committee before the competition and made available to all competitors

(b) When a field event competition includes competitors in different age groups such groups must be considered separate competitions for the purpose of deciding which competitors shall be allowed to advance.  There may thus be more than the usual maximum of competitors allowed additional trials.

(c) When a high jump and pole vault competition includes competitors in different age groups jumping and vaulting in the same competition pool and there is only one competitor left in age group that competitor shall have the right to have the height of the bar raised in terms of applicable IAAF Rules even though other competitors in other age groups may still be jumping/vaulting.  Said competitors must continue in the normal progression and may not jump at these special heights

(d) In the jumping events (High Jump & Pole Vault) only one number bib shall required



(a) Both feet must be off the ground during the vault
(b) Competitors are allowed to touch the landing area before clearing the bar but may not use the landing area to any advantage as determined by the Field Referee



The specifications for the throwing implements shall be as set out in appendix A hereto



AMA records established at AMA Asia Championships shall automatically be recognized.  However all details of new records shall be forwarded to the AMA statistician by the LOC at the end of the championship

AMA  records established at other open or National Championships shall be supported by all necessary details and applied in the prescribed form and forwarded to the AMA  statistician or the AMA  General Secretary. The AMA  statistician or General Secretary shall table same at the following council meeting with his observations for ratification.



For AMA Championships a Technical Hand book shall be prepared by the LOC in consultation with the Technical Delegate appointed by the AMA  council.

The Technical Hand Book shall be sent to all affiliates 180 days prior to the start of the Championship.



For all AMA Asia Championships

(a) Officials of the meeting shall  be appointed by the LOC.

(b) 2 International Race walking judges shall be appointed by the LOC in consultation with the Technical Delegate.

(c) Up to a maximum of 5 AMA qualified Technical Officials may be appointed by the LOC in consultation with the Technical Delegate.



The Technical Delegate or member of the AMA Technical Committee shall visit the sites and facilities at-least six months before the AMA Championships and shall report to the AMA council the progress the LOC has made in the preparation for the Championships including the availability of suitable tracks, throwing and jumping area, warm up facilities and equipment.The cost of travel and accommodation of the Technical Committee member shall be borne by the LOC.All officials of the meeting shall be briefed on their duties and responsibilities before the commencement of the Championships, for which the Technical Delegate may be invited.



The Meeting Director shall appoint individual(s) to co-ordinate the presentation of medals. The competition events shall always be given precedence over the medal ceremonies.

Medal ceremonies shall be held at a conspicuous place in the arena within a reasonable time after the completion of the event.