12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009

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First Inspection in Preparation for the World Championships in Athletics in 2009

Author: BOCCurrent events Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
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Technical IAAF delegates support the Berlin plans for the World Championship marathon

Inspection by the technical IAAF delegates

Although the final decision is up to the council members of the worldwide association, IAAF, the technical delegates have already voiced support of the plans made by the organisers of the 12th World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009 for the marathon and walking events. According to the ideas of Heiner Henze, the director of the BOC 2009 GmbH, and of his general secretary, Heinrich Clausen, the start and finish of these events are not to be in the stadium, as is usual, but rather the course is to be a circuit through the heart of the capital with all of its important sights.

From November 15-17, 2006, IAAF vice-president Dapeng Lou of China, as the technical delegate, and Carlo de Angeli of Italy, who is a full time inspector from the IAAF main headquarters in Monte Carlo, inspected the current status of the preparations for berlin 2009 for the first time. The IAAF treasurer, Jean Poczobut, who has been nominated by the umbrella organisation as the second technical delegate for the championship events in the Olympic Stadium, was not able to participate due to illness.

In addition to the presentation of the plans for the road race events, Henze and Clausen also presented their first draft of the schedule of events from August 15-23, 2009. The German Athletics Association (DLV) was represented by its director, Georg Kemper, at the multi-day meeting, while sport director Gabriele Thiele represented the BOC 2009. The public television stations, which played a decisive role in the scheduling, were represented by the ZDF sports director Dieter Gruschwitz and producer/director Achim Hammer (ZDF), as well as by Manfred Straka (ARD). John Kunkeler represented the organisers of the Berlin Marathon, whose expertise will also be in demand for the World Championships in 2009.

Upon inspection of the planned courses, the IAAF delegates encouraged the BOC 2009 to continue working on their plans. Several potential training venues were also inspected. In the near future, two or three sport facilities are to be selected, each of which can host training for all of the events, from the sprints to the long field events.

The inspection of the Olympic Stadium and the surrounding warm-up facilities was also included. Questions on technical details, such as land-use planning, equipment, and transportation for the athletes and officials were also included in the discussions. The final schedule is to be passed by the IAAF council next autumn.

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