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German President Assumes Patronage for the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009

Author: BOCCurrent events Thursday, April 10th, 2008
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Klaus Wowereit and Dr. Clemens Prokop pass the baton in the Bellevue Palace

German President Assumes Patronage for berlin 2009
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In his capacity as German President, Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler has assumed patronage for the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™. To publicise this patronage, Klaus Wowereit and Dr. Clemens Prokop, the two presidents of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the berlin 2009™, passed the baton to the German President.

In the presence of the German runners Ingo Schultz and Robin Schembera, the President was clearly pleased to be taking on the patronage: “First of all, I am happy that the World Championships are coming to Berlin. I am certain that the Championships will be a complete success, and as President, I gladly assume patronage for this event.”

Klaus Wowereit, mayor of Berlin and president of the organising committee for the World Championships, was pleased with the signal effect that emanates through the announcement of the patronage: “We want to be good hosts in Berlin in 2009 and with a wonderful atmosphere we hope to replicate, for example, the successes of the Football World Cup. We wish to present the world with excellent conditions and, with the Olympic Stadium, with a good sports venue, so that best performances will be possible next year. We are very pleased that the German President is supporting us in this endeavour.”

Most of all, Dr. Clemens Prokop, president of the German Athletics Association (DLV) and executive president of the organising committee for the World Championship, sees positive signals for the sport itself: “It is fantastic that Germany again has the opportunity to host such an important event. Once more, we hope to demonstrate that the core Olympic discipline can move the masses in Germany.”

Both German top athletes Ingo Schultz and Robin Schembera are looking forward to the having the World Championships in Germany: “It must be a fabulous feeling to be able to compete in a World Championships in your home country. As a young athlete, Berlin is naturally a very great goal for me,” stated the 800-metre runner, Robin Schembera, euphorically.

400-metre runner Ingo Schultz continued: “Of course, at the moment most athletes are concentrating on preparing for Beijing. After the end of August, everyone is sure to only be thinking about Berlin 2009 for the next 12 months.”

After receiving the baton, President Prof. Dr. Horst Köhler listened to details on the current status of planning for the World Championships from the organising committee.

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