Dear members of the World Athletics Family,
you are reading the first edition of the newsletter of the Berlin Organising Committee, in short: BOC 2009, which is responsible for organizing and realizing the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™ With this publication, we would like to keep everyone up to date in irregular intervals on the status of the preparations for the third largest event in the world of sports - in terms of the media. In today’s edition, you will find information about the people who are working hard to promote the most important Olympic sport with a spectacular event.
The next big event on the athletics calendar is the World Championships in Osaka, where, at the closing ceremony. the baton will be passed on to the German capital, to stage the following World Championships. The international and dynamic city of Berlin is already well on its way to preparing for hosting the great nine days of athletic competitions from August 15-23, 2009.
Above you can see the official logo, it is ready for downloads on our website www.berlin2009.org. On the website all supporters of global athletics can find information of immediate interest. Media representatives will have their own area. At several events - e.g. the European Championships in Gothenburg or the ISTAF - BOC 2009 has already introduced itself. And the Technical Delegates nominated by the world governing body IAAF have inspected its activities on the occasion of a first visit to Berlin.
With our newsletter, we would like to welcome all of the athletes, officials, spectators, media representatives, and sponsors to Germany’s largest city, which offers its guests excellent accommodation, wonderful entertainment, superior shopping, exciting interaction among the diverse cultures, and, most of all, world-class sport.
We are looking forward to the World Championships and our guests: Welcome to Berlin! All those among our readers, who are going to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we wish a joyous and relaxing time.
Your BOC 2009 GmbH
Without a doubt: other German cities have also put on first-rate sporting events on the highest level. Whether Hamburg, Stuttgart or Munich – the regional metropolises offer their sports enthusiasts excellent entertainment. Berlin, however, offers the World Championships.
If one tries to figure out what makes the difference, one name keeps coming up – Klaus Böger. Whether it was the World Championships in Beachvolleyball, the amazing enthusiasm during this year’s Football World Cup, the Modern Pentathlon Championships, or – the culminating point – the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2009 – all of the decisions to give Berlin the bid for these World Championships took place while the former Senator for Education, Youth, and Sport was in office.
As part of the restructuring of the Berlin Senate following the most recent parliamentary elections, the sports administration is now in the hands of the Interior Senator, Dr. Ehrhart Körting. Klaus Böger has stepped down from the Berlin political scene. Heiner Henze, the director of the organisation contracted to organise the World Championships in Athletics (BOC 2009 GmbH), took this opportunity to express his thanks to the senator for all that he has done.
As part of his last acts in office, Klaus Böger assured that even in the new legislative period the public sports facilities can be used for free by anyone interested in doing so and that the capital will continue to fund large amounts both directly and indirectly into the promotion of sports. For that, this politician deserves our sincere thanks and recognition.
Berlin’s Governing Mayor, Klaus Wowereit, is a born-and-bred Berliner. Born on October 1, 1953, he grew up in Lichtenrade, down in the southern part of the once divided city. Following high school graduation, he studied law at the Free University of Berlin while he also began his political career. He was already a member of the Bezirksverordnetenversammlung (regional assembly) of the SPD party in Berlin-Tempelhof and in 1981, during the year of his final university examinations, he was the floor leader. Until 1984, Klaus Wowereit functioned as a council member working for the Berlin Senator of the Interior. In 1984, he then became the youngest municipal councillor in Berlin in his home district of Tempelhof, responsible for education and culture.
After he joined the House of Representatives in 1995, Wowereit held the office of the acting party leader, which he maintained until June 2001. Since June 16, 2001, Klaus Wowereit has been the Governing Mayor of the German capital. In addition, he was the president of the Bundesrat (German Federal Council) from November 1, 2001-October 31, 2002.
The head of the city government already strongly supported Berlin’s first attempt to host the World Championships in Athletics. It did not take much convincing to get him to support the second - and successful - attempt. Now Klaus Wowereit is the president of the LOC (Local Organising Committee). And in light of Wowereit’s enthusiasm for sports and enjoyment of top events - that is a good thing.
The former long jumper with a very respectable personal best of 7.69m was born on March 26, 1957 in Regensburg. Even at his relatively young age, Dr. Prokop can already look back at an impressive legal career. Following his final law examinations in 1984, the German indoor youth champion from 1975 worked as a judge in the Landshut regional court and as a lawyer in Regensburg, received his doctorate, and after a few other stations, now holds the position of the director of the district court of Kelheim.
Dr. Prokop shared his wealth of legal expertise to the German Athletics Federation (DLV) early on, functioning as its legal consultant from 1993 to 1997. He later acted as vice-president of legal affairs for the DLV until being called to president in 2001. Dr. Prokop has held numerous positions in the world of sports. From 2002 to 2004, he was on the anti-doping commission of the European Athletics Association (EAA). He has been a member of the legal commission of the IAAF since 2000.
In addition, he was the vice-president of the German National Olympic Committee (NOK) and the chairman of the board of the Willi Daume Foundation. He also holds several positions in preparation of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™: Dr. Prokop is the acting president of the Local Organising Committee LOC, as well as the deputy chairman of the supervisory board of the BOC 2009 GmbH.
From 2001 to 2005, René Scheer was the treasurer of the German Athletics Federation (DLV). At the same time, this activity posed the necessary preparation for his activities at the organization of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™ in the German capital. The father of two, who was born in Witten, is both the vice president of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the chairman of the supervisory board of the Berlin Organising Committee 2009 GmbH (BOC 2009).
Born on April 3, 1951, René Scheer has had diverse experiences in leading positions at public corporations and in the private economy. He has been on the board of directors of ComNetMedia AG in Dortmund since 1999. Together with his son, who was once a very successful track star, he founded the RE-EST Consulting & Solutions GmbH in Witten in 2005. He is well acquainted with the committee work through his years on various advisory and managerial boards.
Scheer, a member of the Dortmund Rotary Club Dortmund and the Meisterrunde der Reinoldigilde zu Dortmund von 1254, led the most important athletics club in Dortmund, the LG Olympia Dortmund, from 1994 to 2004 as the president - motivated by his great interest in athletics. In this position he was also a partner in the event organisation of the famous annual international athletics indoor meeting in the Ruhr-area metropolis.
Probably only he and his wife know his real first names. Heinrich Karl Henze is known solely as “Heiner” in both the national and international sport scenes. Born on March 26, 1941 in Breslau, the man who lives in Egelsbach near Frankfurt am Main (in Hesse) has pursued in two careers. The father of two first graduated from college (physical education, political science, and mathematics) and was an assistant at the Insitut für Leibesübungen (Institute for Physical Exercise) at the Technical University of Darmstadt.
After his final examinations in 1970, Heiner Henze left his university job in Hesse and pursued a new career as a sport functionary. He had already set the track in that direction by previously taking on the office of the acting general secretary of the National Olympic Committee (NOC).
In 1973, he became general secretary and member of the executive committee of the German Athletics Association (Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (DLV))— which he remained until 1989. He then acted as managing director and, starting in March 1994, as the general secretary of the German National Olympic Committee (NOC). The merging of the NOK with the DSB took place almost simultaneously with Heiner Henze’s retirement— a very active retirement, as such, as his knowledge and experience are still in great demand.
The very spry retiree thus acted as an advisor for the IOC for the Olympic Games in Athens between 2002 and 2004. In 2004 and 2005, he helped with the organisation of the World Games in Duisburg. In the same year, the DLV elected him treasurer. Athletics has been like a thread leading throughout his life, woven through numerous additional tasks during major international events. He was active on numerous commissions of the IAAF, and from 1988 to 1995, he was a council member of European Athletics Association (EAA), and has been its honorary general secretary since 1991. Heiner Henze has been the managing director of the Berlin Organising Committee 2009 GmbH (BOC 2009) since 2005.
The passionate skier enjoys time in his own sauna back home in Egelsbach to recuperate from his strenuous activities. Just in case, though, the conscientious retiree is always within reach of his telephone, even in the relaxation room outside of the sauna.
An eye-catcher from out- and inside: Modernized with great amount the Olympic Stadium is the site of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics berlin 2009™ . The state-ofthe-art arena with the blue track was inaugurated in the summer of 2004.
Heinrich Clausen, who was born in October 1, 1948 in the town of Steinbergkirche in Schleswig-Holstein, is an honorary member of the German University Sport Federation (ADH) and recipient of the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz). He has been involved in German athletics since the European Championships in 1986, where the expert carpenter and civil engineer served as the planner and supervisor of the European Championship athlete village.
He then headed the division of general and competitive sports for the German Athletics Association (DLV) until 1998. He was once again the “Mayor” of the athlete village in Stuttgart in 1993, during the legendary championships in the southern German metropolis.
After joining the Olympiapark München GmbH, Clausen headed the organisation of the European Championships in Athletics in Munich in 2002. He was the first one to present the events in a new look with spectator-friendly music and infield moderation. Clausen thus implemented a visionary plan for athletics events that has now become the standard.
Until he joined the team in Berlin, the man from northern Germany was responsible for the “special events” in the Munich Olympic Park in the south. In addition, he served as the travel coordinator for numerous important and major events between 1989 and 1993, and was also a member of the Control Commission of FISU (International University Sports Federation).
In the organisational committee of the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, Clausen holds the office of the BOC general secretary and deputy director. The workaholic has a special understanding of flexible work hours and often works through the night.
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