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    Quote Originally Posted by typpo View Post
    Zhoya is a notable absentee from AA's latest athlete funding list too, which probably doesn't bode well.

    https://www.athletics.com.au/high-pe.../nass-hp/#able
    If I were his friend, I'd say "France", if I were his coach, I'd say "France" and if I were his business manager, I would most emphatically say "France." I accepted he was gone as soon as he started to give it serious consideration.

    It will be interesting to see if he can qualify for WIC next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Toro View Post
    If I were his friend, I'd say "France", if I were his coach, I'd say "France" and if I were his business manager, I would most emphatically say "France." I accepted he was gone as soon as he started to give it serious consideration.

    It will be interesting to see if he can qualify for WIC next year.
    Completely makes sense on many levels, it's a brutal sport, so take any advantage that you can.
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    Starting this year's thread with a celebration of Canberra's air quality being 21 times the hazardous level due to bushfires.

    Australia is not greedy, so we're not keeping all the smoke for ourselves. There's a New Year's present for Tauriki heading his way.

    The elite Australian season starts in the first week of February but no substantial rain is likely until probably March. This means that existing major fires will still be burning until then.

    All major meets will be subject to a fairly high risk of similar smoke conditions throughout the athetics season...and the bushfire season is just getting started.

    There will also be an impact on athlete's training. The AIS has issued guidance which says to train indoors when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is >150, with 200 being the threshold of the top "hazardous" rating.

    For comparison, the AQI in southern Canberra this morning was 4,200* with it predicted to worsen this evening. On the northside, where the AIS track is located, it was about a 1,000 less, so only 16 times the hazardous level.

    It will be interesting to see if AA has to cancel any of these meets:

    Sat 01 Feb 2020 Perth
    Thu 06 Feb 2020 Melbourne Track Classic
    Thu 13 Feb 2020 Canberra Track Classic
    Sat 15 Feb 2020 - Sun 16 Feb Combined Events Champs, Brisbane
    Sat 22 Feb 2020 Sydney Track Classic
    Fri 20 Mar 2020 Queensland Track Classic
    Sat 21 Mar 2020 - Sun 29 Mar Australian Athletics Championships, Sydney

    *The AQI is calculated in different ways and it's not always clear which method is being used. I think these are on the same basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by typpo View Post
    Zhoya is a notable absentee from AA's latest athlete funding list too, which probably doesn't bode well.

    https://www.athletics.com.au/high-pe.../nass-hp/#able
    Quote Originally Posted by El Toro View Post
    If I were his friend, I'd say "France", if I were his coach, I'd say "France" and if I were his business manager, I would most emphatically say "France." I accepted he was gone as soon as he started to give it serious consideration.
    He has chosen France.
    https://www.athle.fr/asp.net/main.ne...x?newsid=16672
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    story in English now posted to home page
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    As posted on last year's thread, Sasha Zhoya chooses France.

    According to his Instagram account, he is currently in Perth but due to fly back to Paris.

    It will be interesting if AA make any comment on their website. No mention of the story in Australian news but they are focused on bushfire porn at the moment.
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    The AA distance camp at altitude in Falls Creek looks to have been disrupted with an evacuation due to widespread catastrophic bushfire risk.

    Some Irish athletes that just lobbed in for training organised by Sonia O'Sullivan and husband Nic Bideau, have also been caught up in the evacuation.

    For non-Australians, Falls Creek is located in the Australian Alps at 1,600 m (5,250 ft) altitude. It is popular for athletes, swimmers and triathletes to undertake high altitude training.

    Yes, the Australian Alps are a real thing and they get more snow than Switzerland and have a greater area of snow as well. However, they burn much better and more frequently than the Euro equivalent.
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    Interclub competitions planned for today in both Sydney and Canberra have been cancelled due to air quality.

    There was no equivalent planned in Melbourne but the Victorian combined events championships is going ahead in Bendigo about 160km north west of Melbourne. No smoke expected but they have split the sessions due to expected heatwave.

    THE first track and field meet to be run under the new lights at the La Trobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Flora Hill is on this Saturday night. Expected scorching temperatures have led to Athletics Victoria deciding to start the Victorian and Australian and Victorian Masters multi event championships at 8.30am on Saturday, take a break from 12.30pm, and resume in twilight at 6.30pm.
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    In a few more weeks will there be anything left of Australia? What a nightmare?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedoorknobbroke View Post
    In a few more weeks will there be anything left of Australia? What a nightmare?
    The majority of fires so far have been in the state of New South Wales (NSW), which is only the 5th largest state by area but it's still more than 15% larger than Texas.

    NSW has a total forested area of ~20.4m hectares (50.4m acres). The 4m hectares already burned means there is still 80% left.

    For comparison:

    • 2018-19 NSW 4m hectares (9.9m acres)
    • 2019 Amazon 900,000 ha (2.2m)
    • 2018 California 800,000 ha (1.9m)


    Total area burned in Australia is ~6m hectares or 14.5m acres, just less than the combined area of Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut, or alternatively the whole of Virginia.

    edit to add: For Europeans, the total is 85% of the combined area of Belgium and the Netherlands.
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