Federations Roundup - New Indoor Mark for Isinbayeva; Deadline for Softball, Baseball

(ATR) Pole vault champion breaks own indoor world record ... Softball president tells Around the Rings he's awaiting reply from baseball ahead of a soft mid-March deadline ... Triathlon confirms Olympic schedule ...

Isinbayeva Sets New Indoor Mark

Reigning double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she can "of course" go higher after breaking her own indoor world record Thursday.

"Otherwise I wouldn't continue to train," she was quoted by Reuters after clearing 5.01 meters in Stockholm.

Isinbayeva, 29, failed to medal at both the 2009 and 2011 athletics world championships as well as the 2010 indoor world champs, causing many to question her continued dominance of the event.

Thursday’s vault, her 13th such indoor world record to go along with 15 outdoor, seemed to quiet at least any doubts she may have held about her chances for a third Olympic gold.

Asked if she expected anyone to challenge her later this year in London, she said: "I think you can answer this question for yourself."

Mid-March Deadline for Softball, Baseball

International Softball Federation president Don Porter tells Around the Rings he’s waiting on a reply from baseball regarding a Memorandum of Understanding for the two sports to bid together for 2020.

The International Baseball Federation is now looking at the proposal, according to Porter, with a soft deadline of mid-March in mind.

Should the ISF and IBAF fail to reach an agreement for a joint bid, they are expected to go ahead alone in their campaigns for Olympic reinstatement.

Both sports were dropped post-Beijing but are now among eight shortlisted by the IOC ahead of a 2013 decision. It's expected there will be room for only one to join the program, currently capped at 28 sports.

ITU Confirms Olympic Schedule

Triathletes will get to know the Hyde Park course well in the days before their Olympic races.

According to a schedule confirmed Thursday by LOCOG and the InternationalTriathlon Union, action kicks off Aug. 1 with swim familiarization of the Serpentine as well as a coaches briefing.

Another swim familiarization and a full-course bike familiarization follow Aug. 2 in addition to a women's race briefing and pontoon draw.

The women's Olympic competition kicks off at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4 with more bike and swim familiarizations in the afternoon.

Yet another swim familiarization as well as a men’s race briefing and pontoon draw fill Aug. 5.

And the men’s Olympic race begins Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. after another full-course bike familiarization.

Triathleteswill begin and end in Hyde Park and pass by landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Wellington Arch, Constitution Hill and Hyde Park Corner in between.

Busy Qualifying Schedule for AIBA

Boxing begins a busy schedule of Olympic qualifying events next month.

Oceania’s tournament is March 20 to 26 in Canberra, Australia; Asia’s is April 4 to 13 in Astana, Kazakhstan; Europe’s is April 13 to 22 in Trabzon, Turkey; Africa’s is April 27 to May 6 in Casablanca, Morocco; and qualifying for the Americas runs May 4 to 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

Also ahead is the women’s world boxing championships May 9 to 20 in Qinhuangdao, China.

Meanwhile, a spokesman with the International Boxing Association tells Around the Rings there’s no news yet on whether women will make their Olympic debut at London 2012 wearing skirts or shorts.

AIBA president C.K. Wu said last weekend at the IOC’s Fifth World Conference on Women and Sport in Los Angeles that a ruling is expected by month’s end and suggested the decision-making Executive Committee Bureau is leaning toward giving athletes the option.

Written by Matthew Grayson.

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