Tamgho: Non pour 2012 Indoor WC, photo by PhotoRun.net
Indoor Track & Field, on a global year, is truly in transition. Four major events in Europe have gone away and the US season is a Potemkin village. I have been approached by several parties asking if certain events in Manhattan will actually happen. I find that sad, however, I do understand the questions.
One has to look at it from a business perspective. I know of one quite successful sports magnate who only launches businesses in tough economic times. One gets more for one's money, and if one can survive the bad times, then, one can survive in the good times.
Track & Field, on a global level, has to figure out what makes it unique and how to approach the local community. What currency does one have in the market? That is the essential question that we are not answering, dear readers. Remember that it is the essence of sports: running, jumping and throwing. Youth tie ins, family discounts, perhaps family packages. We will find posters, and magazines for meets anywhere, if you give us enough time. The bigger the pie for our sport, the better for all.
TAMGHO NO FOR INDOORS
PARIS (FRA): World indoor triple jump record holder Teddy Tamgho is in Gainesville, Florida for warm weather training. His Cuban coach Ivan Pedroso has received his visa for the United States which allows the duo to live and train in Florida. Tamgho made clear that he will not compete indoors and will only compete in four to five competitions before the London Olympic Games. For sure on his programme are the French interclub championships and the French national championships reports Athle.com. He also will most probably pass the European Championships in Helsinki.
ENNIS TO DEFEND HER TITLE FROM DOHA
LONDON (GBR): British combined events star Jessica Ennis is planning for full indoor season. As her coach Toni Minichiello recently confirmed for BBC she will accept the IAAF invitation for World Indoor Championships in Istanbul where she will defend her title from Doha. Also invited based on 2011 results will be world champion Tatyana Chernova of Russia and Jennifer Oeser from Germany. Other three will be selected based on 2012 results and two will be invited by IAAF. Before that she will be seen at different events during the undercover season. Mainly UK Trials in her hometown Sheffield and Birmingham Grand Prix IAAF meet. She also plans to compete at the Austrian Hypo meeting of Gotzis end of May in the heptathlon, also there she is the defending title holder.
GREEK FEDERATION SUSPENDS OPERATIONS
ATHENS (GRE): Greek Athletics Federation board suspended operations as it awaits government-imposed austerity budget. It was decided at the extraordinary general meeting of the federation during the weekend. "We want assurances from the state that our budget is sustainable. But I think the last thing to break is our sport. We must support our athletes who will participate, and would represent in the major events," Sevastis was quoted. There is also a problem with indoor training because the Peania Indoor Hall is not in operation after thieves broke in and destroyed power cables. The Greek federation is now looking for the SEF, the Indoor Hall in Faliron (Piraeus).
ISTAF LOST THE TITLE SPONSOR
BERLIN (GER): German media are informing that the top one day meeting in the country ISTAF (had its 70th edition in 2011) lost its title sponsor Vattenfall. The Energy company was connected with ISTAF in last two years. But the 71st edition of the IAAF World Challenge meeting (September 2) is in no danger situation. Vattenfall delivered about 20 percent of the nearly 2 millions Euro budget. Reports are saying it was at level of 500 000 Eur in a year. Tickets sales will start on December 1 and the organisers are planning to show the spectators at Olympic Stadium the stars of the Olympic Games in London.
CHICHEROVA WILL JUMP INDOORS
MOSCOW (RUS): Good news for meet organisers in winter. High jump World champion Anna Chicherova plans to compete during the indoor season. Having in mind her results from end of the summer 2011 she could be well in position to attack the world indoor record (208). She also said for Russian media that she plans to retire in two years after the IAAF World Championships on home soil in Moscow in 2013. "I want to finish my career after the World championships in 2013, It seems to me the ideal time, just after the Olympics and at home in Moscow" she was quoted on European Athletics.
BIG INCREASE IN VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (USA): Next Sunday's Zappos.com Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half-Marathon shows explosive growth from last year, selling out with a whopping 44,000 entries. The growth, in part, is driven by the organizers' decision to hold the race in the evening to take full advantage of the glittering lights of Las Vegas's famous Strip. Last year's races in Las Vegas had a traditional morning start, and the marathon recorded 5,154 finishers while the accompanying half-marathon had 19,169 finishers (24,323 total for both events out of approximately 28,000 entrants). Even with a 15% attrition rate --typical for large road races-- this year's event should see 37,000+ finishers, making the race the world's largest nighttime running event (the marathon starts at 4:05 p.m. and the half-marathon begins at 5:30 p.m.). Informs Race Results Weekly.
BRUSSELS (BEL) : European U23 decathlon champion Thomas Van der Plaetsen has been nominated for the regional award "the Flemish Giant" along with cyclists Sven Nys and Jelle Vanendert. The award is voted by Flemish sports journalists and will award the best Flemish athlete of the year. Van der Plaetsen is also shortlisted for the award of Belgium's most promising athlete. The 20-year old athlete is currently training in South Africa in preparation for the indoor season.
BERLIN (GER): Former German 400m hurdles champion Jonna Tilgner (27) is back in training after ending her career in 2010 and taking a break for maternity leave. Tilgren is currently living in Sweden with her Swedish husband and her child and has decided to train with Krister Hultberg. She is hoping to be back in top shape for the London Olympic Games reports leichtathletik.de. Her PB is 55.71 from 2009.
LONDON (GBR): Up to 50 cities are capable of hosting the proposed European Games when it is possibly launched in 2015 reports Insidethegames. A report on the event, which would bring Europe into line with the other continents who already stage their own Games, has been undertaken by Deloitte and was presented at the European Olympic Committees (EOC) at its General Assembly in Sochi this week. On April 12th the NOC's of European countries will decide whether to proceed with the Games which could be launched in 2015. In the plan are 15 or 16 sports.
RIYADH (KSA): Saudi Arabia has agreed to let female athletes join their all-male delegation to the 2012 Olympics in a bid to block threats to bar them from the games if they didn't let women participate. The move came after a warning last year by Anita DeFrantz , who heads the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Women and Sports Commission, that any country that didn't allow female athletes to compete would be barred from the global competition reports gantdaily.com.
STELLENBOSCH (RSA): South Africa's elite track and field athletes will begin their build-up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London when the second Yellow Pages Summer Series is held in December. The series will consist of four meetings, Athletics SA (ASA) announced on Monday. The first event will be held in Port Elizabeth on December 8, followed by meetings in Oudtshoorn on December 12, Stellenbosch on December 15 and Parow on December 17. The series, held for the first time in 2010, will again focus on non-standard disciplines, including the 60 metres, 150m and 300m sprints, and the mile reports iol.co.za.
NEW DELHI (IND): An Olympic boycott will not be on the agenda when the Indian Olympic Association meets next week, despite continuing outrage over Dow Chemical's high-profile sponsorship of the London 2012 Games. Dow finds itself in the firing line for its sponsorship of a temporary decorative wrap over London's Olympic Stadium writes Eurosport.
LAUSANNE (SUI): European Athletics announced that Le Gruyère AOC, the well-known cheese from Switzerland, has extended its commitment to athletics on the continent for a further four years until the end of 2016. Le Gruyère AOC has been an International Partner of European Athletics since 2008. The new four-year contract begins in January 2013 and will incorporate the European Athletics Championships, European Athletics Indoor Championships, SPAR European Cross Country Championships, European Athletics Team Championships, European Athletics Junior Championships and European Athletics U23 Championships.
LONDON (GBR): Guardian points out that with the return of IAAF events in Europe to EBU also BBC will return with World Championships coverage in 2015 and 2017. Daegu this year was broadcast on Channel 4 for the first time and the station has also the rights for Moscow 2013. BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: "We're delighted that the World Championships will be returning to the BBC. The 2017 Championships, taking place at the Olympic Stadium will be a huge moment for UK athletics, helping to deliver the Olympic legacy, and we're thrilled to be bringing the event to our audiences."
SAO PAULO (BRA): Brazilian Athletics Federation released its main dates for 2012. The Trofeu Brasil Caixa de Atletismo (national championships and olympic trials) will be held from June 27 to July 1 with the place to be confirmed. The Brazilian Athletics Tour 2012 of one day meetings will be composed of five events. The main IAAF World Challenge will be staged in Rio de Janeiro on May 13. Before that on May 6 Uberlandia, May 9 Sao Paulo and afterwards Fortaleza on May 16 and Belem on May 20.
SLIGO (IRL, Nov 27): Winners at Inter Counties CC Championships of Ireland were Joseph Sweeney 32:07 at 10 km and U23 runner Sara Treacy (31:10 at 8 km).