12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009

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Timeline of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009


Since losing the bid for the 2000 Olympics, the desire for hosting a major sporting event kept growing in Berlin.

After the FIFA Football World Cup 2006™ was given to Germany, the situation lent itself for Germany to submit a bid to host the third largest sporting event in the world - the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

In the following, we present a chronological overview of the milestones on the way to the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™.

April 2001
Due to financial difficulties, London retracts from hosting the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Athletics. The IAAF seeks for a successor.


22nd January 2002
The Berlin Senate resolves to support a bid to host the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.


8th February 2002
Bid is submitted to the DLV.


15th February 2002
The DLV resolves that Berlin, rather than Munich or Stuttgart, is to be the bidding city.


14th April 2002
The Berlin bid for the 2005 World Championships fails in its first attempt, being ousted by rival bidder Helsinki. On the evening of the decision, influential members of the bidding committee resolve to submit a bid again for the year 2009.


Starting in November 2003
First planning discussions.


22nd-23rd November 2003
Hosting of the IAAF Council Meetings in Berlin.


3rd March 2004
First public appearance of the bid on the occasion of the IAAF Indoor World Championships in Budapest.


26th March 2004
Official founding of the Bidding Committee.


29th June 2004
Submission of the bid to the IAAF in Monte Carlo.


31st July 2004
Re-opening of the renovated Olympic Stadium.


8th-10th November 2004
The IAAF evaluation team visits Berlin.


4th December 2004
In Helsinki, Berlin is announced the winning bidder in Helsinki by the IAAF representatives (a vote of 24:2) to host the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™.


4th October 2005
Official opening of the BOC headquarters located at Hanns-Braun-Straße/Block 6.


14th October 2005
Registration of the BOC 2009 GmbH in the Commercial Registry (District Court of Charlottenburg).


15th June 2006
Trademark registration of the event logos.


1st September 2006
The official website, www.berlin2009.org, goes online.


15th-17th November 2006
First inspection of the Olympic Stadium by the technical IAAF delegates and the idea of the BOC to place the start and finish of the marathon and walking events in the heart of the city.


2nd January 2007
The Berlin Organising Committee moves to the new headquarters in the historical building complex "Haus des Deutschen Sports" (House of German Sports) at Adlerplatz.


12th June 2007
The berlin 2009™ Organising Committee (BOC 2009 GmbH) signs the marketing rights contracts with the parties involved. Together with the marketing agency Infront Sports & Media AG from Switzerland, the national marketing of the third most important sporting event in the world has thus begun.


2nd September 2007
Together, the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and Dr. Clemens Prokop, both presidents of the BOC 2009, accept the IAAF flag at the closing ceremonies in Osaka.


7th December 2007
Starting shot for the berlin 2009™ Volunteer Programme


23rd February 2008
Announcement of Ticket Prices for berlin 2009


2nd April 2008
BOC starts Ticket Sales for berlin 2009

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