12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009

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Star Athlete Advisors for berlin 2009

Author: BOCCurrent events Thursday, August 30th, 2007
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Heike Drechsler and Frank Fredericks are supporting the BOC

Heike Drechsler
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The BOC 2009, the organisational committee for the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™, has secured the support of two renowned former track stars. One day before the end of the world championships in Osaka , Japan , the Berlin delegation, led by the mayor of Berlin , Klaus Wowereit, and DLV President, Dr. Clemens Prokop, presented Heike Drechsler and Frank Fredericks as their new athletic advisors. Both had been active as “ambassadors” promoting Berlin during its candidacy. Their work paid off: Almost three years ago, the world association for athletics, IAAF, awarded the city the right to host the event.

Now the BOC has succeeded in winning the two star athletes for their continued support of the event: Drechsler is a world champion and two-time Olympic champion, who was elected into the IAAF Women’s Commission just a few days ago and who served as an expert commentator for Swiss television in Osaka; Fredericks is an internationally esteemed former sprinter from Namibia. Both serve as ambassadors for the IAAF and had the honour of being among the six athletes to carry the IAAF flag into the Nagai Stadium during the opening ceremonies in Osaka.

berlin 2009™ is to be a World Championships for the athletes, and we hope to gain some expert tips from the experienced athletes about what we can do to make it even better,” stated acting BOC president Prokop during the presentation of the new advisors. “At the same time, the two will naturally also be active in the national and international promotion of the event that will be taking place from August 15-23, 2009, so that we can welcome as many spectators as possible into the Olympic Stadium.” The world championships will constitute the largest sporting event in the world that year.

Fredericks, who also is an advisor for the sprinters of the German Athletics Association (DLV), is the athletes’ spokesman for and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Berlin is like a second hometown for the 39-year-old father of two. The world champion in Stuttgart 1993 is married to a Berliner, and visits to his in-laws in the capital are part of the yearly routine for the busy Namibian. Currently, Heike Drechsler could easily be called the most internationally prominent representative of German athletics. “We want to help making berlin 2009™ an especially good and memorable event,” said Drechsler.

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