City Crest of LIlle, France, Image via Wikipedia
Bonjour mes amis. I am in Lille, France, from July 4-6, to get a feel and taste of the World Youth Championships. From there, I go to AREVA Paris and then AVIVA Birmingham.
I arrived in Paris, France on July 4, and spent a few hours in Charles De Gaulle, one of the world’s largest and most confusing airports. After spending some time with my brother Brian and his partner, Cherri, I figured out how to get a ticket for the train to Lille. A very comfortable one hour trip, I was in the center of Lille and then off to my hotel, Appart City. A group of 134 apartments, with kitchens and very reasonable, right in a cool neighborhood, with streets named after some of my favorite artists and writers. Allee Simone de Beauvoir was just down the block, named after the writer of the Feminine Mystique, (long time confidante and love of Jean Paul Sartre) land mark book on how women were viewed by society and how they saw themselves.
I am in the media center of the Lille Metropole Stadium, where the French federation is hosting the World Youth Championships. My first question is, when is the U.S. going to host a youth championship? Which, then leads into the question when the US is going to host an indoor and outdoor World Championships? Complicated, yes, but we are missing the importance of hosting such events not only for the current generation but the future generations.
It is fascinating getting in a bit early and watching the last minute preparations for the Youth World Champs. I can hear the starters practicing and watching as the signage is checked and final preparations for the meet are double and triple checked.
4 July 2011
IAAF World Youth Championships, Lille 2011
Monaco – The Provisional Entry List is now available for the
IAAF World Youth Championships, Lille, France (6 – 10 July 2011).
Click here to download the
PROVISIONAL ENTRY LIST (as at 2 July)
NB. OFFICIAL START LISTS will
not be available until after the Technical Meeting on Tuesday 5 July
which commences at 1600hrs CET.
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