President of the IAAF, Lamine Diack, speaks to media, 06.03.2014, photo courtesy of IAAF
PRESIDENT DIACK: IAAF head Lamine Diack spoke to the press ahead of the IAAF World Indoor Championships. "The World Indoors is the climax to an outstanding indoor season and we expect excellent results over the next three days," said Diack. "Sadly, world record-breaking pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie is injured, although he will be coming to Sopot as a spectator. But in the women's 1500m we will have multiple world record-breaker Genzebe Dibaba as well as high jumper Ivan Ukhov, who just missed Javier Sotomayor's world indoor record, and Ashton Eaton, who set one of the two world records in Istanbul 2012. I am confident that these stars, and the rest of the field, will be highly competitive."
(Editor's note: President Diack spoke to media today just prior to the IAAF World Indoor. We will post a complete piece by Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF later this evening.)
Sally Pearson, 2012 World Indoors, photo by PhotoRun.net
AUSTRALIA: Sally Pearson is confident before her Sopot participation: "I am confident with my form after a good couple of weeks of competition, first with the hurdles in Perth and then last weekend in Berlin. I've done the work to be here and now I am just excited to get the championships underway, and to make every effort to defend the title I won in Istanbul two years ago. I know that Nia is running very fast at the moment, and so is Janay DeLoach so it will be interesting to see how they perform after good runs at the US Trials. I've been keeping a pretty close eye on everyone because you never know who might have a bit of a breakthrough, and from what I can see it is going to be a tough competition," Pearson added.
(Editor's note: Sally Pearson is back. Her fitness is back and most importantly, her racing form is back. Her battle will be with Nia Ali and Janay DeLoach, who both could hamper Pearson's goal to defend in Sopot).