Berlin is looking forward to the greatest international sporting event of 2009 when from 15 to 23 August 2009 the Olympic Stadium and the very heart of the great city will play host to the world’s top athletes battling it out in 47 competitions to anoint the new world masters. The 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™ offer nine days of unbroken passion, emotion and fascination, spills and thrills, victories and defeats and world-class entertainment. No wonder that these championships for the key Olympic discipline are the world’s most important sporting mega-event second only to the Olympic Games themselves and football’s World Cup.
Be there yourself right in the thick of the action and experience the unique atmosphere of the legendary Olympic Stadium with its distinctive blue track when the best athletes in the world take you on an unforgettable roller-coaster ride of emotion.
“Berlin, Berlin, we’re going to Berlin“ this song that football fans sing on their way to the yearly cup final can now be sung with even more gusto and enthusiasm by the guests of this young and dynamic city. Berlin fulfils all expectations – no matter if you’re coming for a quick weekend break or a longer stay of several weeks. Over 146 million visitors a year from all corners of the world come to experience the unmistakable flair of this great city now securely established as one of the world’s great tourist destinations. Berlin’s rich and diverse offering of accommodation of all classes and categories is truly unrivalled.
Berlin was always a prime destination for tourists from the whole world and the city has long been famous as a byword for new trends and sheer creativity. A wide array of exhibitions, art galleries, leading trade fairs, entertainment of all kinds and first class shopping in a bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere with people from nearly 200 different countries in a city equally renowned for its historic and cutting-edge architecture and numerous rivers, waterways, lakes and landscaped parks – all this goes to create a city quite unlike any other with a marvellous quality of life.
Berlin isn’t just famous for its science and culture but also for its passion for sport – as the great atmosphere and high attendance at the great number of sporting events and fixtures can show, not to mention the large numbers of Berliners themselves who play an active part in sports clubs and associations.
For what must be truly the most international sporting event in the world, the German capital is expecting to welcome some 1,800 athletes from the 213 affiliated associations in the IAAF international association. Around 3,000 officials, trainers, physiotherapists and ancillary staff will be on hand to support the athletes while 3,500 media representatives will be reporting on the exciting events in Berlin to the whole world. A contingent of around 500,000 tickets are available for the competitions in the Olympic Stadium.
The preliminary heats are held in the morning and the "finals" in the afternoon and evening are where the medals are awarded. With three to seven heats a day there will be no shortage of sporting highlights. berlin 2009™ is a perfect blending of the international outlook of light athletics with the multicultural diversity of a great cosmopolitan city. So make sure that you too have your seat in the stadium where you can say hello to the whole world!
The rankings in the marathon and walking competitions offer another special highlight. For the first time these competitions will not begin and end in the Stadium but at the Brandenburg Gate in the centre of the city. You have to be there to experience the thrilling atmosphere for yourself as hundreds of thousands of excited fans from Berlin, Germany and the whole world pack the route cheering on the competitors. On top of this comes international TV broadcasting offering a showcase for Germany, its capital and international track and field athletics. The walkers’ 20 and 50 km long races are held on Berlin’s grand Unter den Linden boulevard. Starting at the Pariser Platz the marathon runners complete four ten kilometre long stretches that take them past the key points of interest in Berlin’s fast-moving city.
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