PNG Games Rules


 VI.     Athletics Competition Rules

 6.1       Entries

 The maximum number of athletes per province that may enter in the PNG Games - Athletics competition is three per track and three  per field  event. The half Marathon is only open to athletes who are 17 years of age and older, and the maximum number of entries allowed for the event is six athletes per province.

An athlete may enter a maximum of three individual events plus the relays. This could be three (3) track events, or three (3) field events, or it could be two (2) track events and one (1) field event, or two (2) field events and one (1) track event.

In order to run in the relays, athletes must be nominated, or they must have entered and competed in not more than three individual events.  Any infringement of this rule will result in disqualification of the team.

Events for Athletes With a Disability will be staged in accordance with the rules of the AWD competition.  In 2014 this competition will be staged separately from the mainstream track and field programme.

6.2       Competition Rules and Regulations


The PNG Games - Athletics competition will be conducted in accordance with the  current rules of the International Association of Athletics Federation, with the exception of the False Start Rule (Rule 162.7).

6.2.1 All athletes must be familiar with the false start rule as it applies for this competition. Only one false start per race is allowed and any athlete who is subsequently adjudged to have made a false start will be disqualified.  In sprint events, at the end of the race, athletes should remain in their lanes until the finish judges have finalised placing.

There will be a full range of track and field events in the Open division for both men and women as per the list of events.

In cases of disputes the Jury of Appeals decision shall be final.  In the event of any disagreement over  interpretation of the IAAF Rules, the English version will be used.

6.3       Warm Up at Competition Sites


Once athletes arrive at the competition site, and before the starting time for the event, each athlete may have practice trials.  In the case of the throws this will be in draw order, and always under the supervision of the judges.

6.4       Progression from Heats to Finals (Track Events)


The number of rounds and heats to be conducted for all track events, and the number of athletes who progress to the next round, will be determined in accordance with IAAF Rule 166.


It is the responsibility of athletes and team leaders to familiarise themselves with the rules in relation to rounds, heats and semi finals in the sprint events (100m to 400m)  If there are three semi finals , the first two finishers in each race plus the two fastest of all the other competitors will progress to the final.  If only two semi finals  then the first three finishers in each race will progress to the final plus the two fastest of all the other competitors.

It is expected that there will be a need for qualifying rounds in the sprints due to the large number of


For these events and for the 800m and 1500m semi finals, the progressions will be explained at the

Technical Meeting

6.4.1 Athletes who qualify for the final in a sprint event MUST run in the final.  If an athlete qualifies for the final and fails to report then unless the athlete has a medical reason, he or she will not be eligible to take any further part in the competition. Disrespect for this rule may result in the disqualification of relay teams.

6.5    Progression from Qualifying Rounds to Finals (Field Events)


In field events other than high jump, if there are twelve or less competitors they shall advance straight

to the finals and have six attempts each.  Where there are more than twelve entries a qualifying round

will be held. A qualifying mark will be set by the Technical delegates and all athletes who reach the

qualifying mark will advance to the final. In the event that less than twelve athletes achieve the

qualifying mark then the top twelve will advance to the final.


Where there are more than eight finalists, except in high jump, all competitors shall have three attempts with the top eight then having three more attempts.

Starting heights for the High Jump event will be determined at the Technical Meeting.

6.6  Withdrawals and Late Entries 

At the Technical Meeting team managers may withdraw athletes previously entered where it is known

that the athlete will not compete.  The purpose of this meeting is to confirm entries and allow

organisers to distribute start lists before the competition begins. 


Late submission of entries delays the start of competition and inconveniences everyone, including the

athletes, and will not be allowed.



 6.7  The Start


6.7.1    Starters Commands 

The Starters command will be in English. (“On your marks”, “Set”, and the “sound of the Starters Gun” for sprints and “On your marks” and  the “sound of the  Starters Gun” for the longer races.)          


6.7.2    Starting Blocks

            Starting blocks will be provided for all events up to and including 400m.


6.8      Running Shoe Spikes


In order to protect the running track from damage due to spikes of incorrect length being used, athletes shoes will be inspected at the call room. No spikes longer than 7mm will be allowed..


6.8       Relay Confirmation


The Team Managers must complete relay confirmation sheets,  listing  the  members of the relay team in order and must be handed in to the Technical Information Centre at least one hour prior to the start of the event. If the team fails to run in the order specified, the team will be disqualified.


6.9       Simultaneous Events


If an athlete is already competing in another event at the designated call time, the Team Manager must notify the Call Room of this prior to the commencement of competition of the second event. The athlete can move straight across from one event to the other provided the second event is still in progress upon his arrival.


6.10     Call Room and Check in Times



6.10.1  Track Events

Competitors must report to the Call Room 20 minutes before competition to confirm their participation.  There will only be one call.  This call is made 20 minutes before competition to confirm participation and then athletes are escorted to the start. A Call Room judge will escort competitors from the Call Room to the competition area.



6.10.2  Field Events

Competitors will report to the Call Room when called to confirm participation and will then be escorted to the competition area 30 minutes prior to competition to allow for practice jumps or throws.


 6.11    Elite Athletes


The PNG Games Council has , through the Games Charter given the responsibility to Athletics PNG to define what is meant by the term “elite athlete” and to determine to what extent these athletes may participate in the Games. A list of Elite athletes will be published prior to the date of closing entries and the athletes will be informed. Elite athletes may participate  in relay races, and in any individual event other than their specialist event (s). This will be made clear to the athletes concerned well in advance of the Games.


All other athletes, including national representatives and development squad members who are not considered elite, may participate on the same basis as all other athletes.




Athletes must stay outside of the competition arena except when competing.  In addition coaches and

spectators must also remain outside of the competition arena while the competition is underway. 


A coaches area will be identified near the field event sites where coaches can place themselves in

order to interact with their athletes.



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