Sergey Bubka: "I am sure athletics in London 2012 will prove it is a real 'queen of sports'", by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

Sergey Bubka, Renaud Lavillenie, 2011 European Indoor Champs, photo by

Sergey Bubka, Vice President of the IAAF, in a recent interview, gave Alfons Juck some of his thoughts on the current season and what could happen in 2012....




ARONA (ESP): Barcelona will not have the one day meeting (EA Premium) next year due to the fact that the city is organising the World Junior Championships in July. Other news from European Athletics Convention in Arona at Tenerife island is that Moscow is now having the Moscow Challenge as IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Luzhniki and Znamenskiy Memorial in Zhukovskiy as EA Classic. Friday was devoted to 2012 Calendar, Euromeetings general assembly and forum for head-coaches.



KYIV (UKR): In our series of opinions of IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka we are continuing with his view towards the 2012 season: "Let's start with the fact that we still have plenty of events in 2011. The seasons of marathons and cross country running are going on. I'm also looking forward to the announcement on the hosting of 2017 IAAF World Championships and World Athletics Gala, one of the most prestigious ceremonies in the world, in Monaco. Athletics fans are waiting for some questions to be answered next year. Will Usain Bolt bounce back from his failure? Will we witness rise of the new superstar Yohan Blake? Can Yelena Isinbayeva return to the top for her third Olympics? We have two key events to follow in 2012. The European Championships will be held on two-year cycle for the first time. I am absolutely sure that the biannual system gives us great opportunities. Athletes are awarded by an additional chance to win the medals while fans get an occasion to follow the world class competitions several weeks before the Olympics. I know that the Organizing Committee in Helsinki does an exceptional job launching a lot of innovations for the new concept of the European Championships. Helsinki is an emblematic city for athletics, the only city that hosted two Worlds and two European Championships. Everybody is waiting for something new and extraordinary from the Finns, and I am sure they will meet the expectations. The last but not least are the Olympics. Everybody in the world of sport can't wait for the start of this event, the most global in human history. Every athlete knows what the Olympics are about. You cannot put it in words, but you should feel it in your heart. We all know that the British are experts in athletics, therefore I'm sure athletics in London 2012 will prove it is a real 'queen of sports."







PORTSMOUTH (GBR):  Scott Overall, five weeks after reaching the marathon qualification standard for next year's Olympic Games, will return to action at the Bupa Great South Run on 30 October. After his brilliant display in the BMW Berlin Marathon where, in his debut at the distance he bettered the UK Athletics qualifying standard of 2:12:00, with a time of 2:10:55 for a solid fifth position, will step down to 10 miles at the Portsmouth venue.


GUADALAJARA (MEX): Record TV coverage and revenues are expected for 2011 Pan American Games. The 16th edition of the Pan American Games opened in the Mexican city of Guadalajara to the widest-ever media coverage of the continental multi-sport event.


KINGSTON (JAM): Track Alerts says that Glen Mills, coach of world champions Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, has called on all those concerned, the government, Jamaica Administrative Athletic Association (JAAA) and the private sector to do more for track & field at the senior level to preserve the country's legacy. Mills said the time has gone when Jamaican athletes who trained overseas would dominate the country's team section. He also believes with the success by Jamaica in recent years, things will be changed in the US for Jamaicans.


NEW YORK (USA): Universal Sports website informs that at the start of every training camp, New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has his players complete a two mile run. Joining those guys this year was one of the team's greatest players ever, Mark Messier. He will have a goal on November 6 when he competes in the ING New York City Marathon. The six-time Stanley Cup champion announced his intent to during a ceremony at the Empire State Building.







REIMS (FRA): Kenyan Richard Limo has the top personal best from the elite runners of 28th Reims Marathon with 2:06:45. James Mbuga is leading the big group of African followers with 2:08:05. Home entries Simon Munyutu and James Theuri want also play a role. Julia Mumbi with 2:26:00 is the top woman. In the half-marathon fast times could be also expected. Gilbert Masai has PB of 1:00:28 and Ethiopian Atsede Bayisa posts 2:22:04 in women marathon.


GEYONGJU (KOR): Kenyan favorites are set for the 2011 Dong-A Ilbo Gyeongju International Marathon. Sylvester Teimet has 2:06:49 and Yusuf Songoka 2:08:08. IAAF informs that there is also a home favourite with just 21-year-old Jeong Jin-Hyeong looking for another fast time.  Women race will have no international runners.


BEIJING (CHN): The 2011 Beijing International Marathon will have Kenyan Samuel Muturi with 2:08:20 best and 2009 winner in Beijing as the top name. Another name to mention is Prague this year winner Benson Barus with 2:07:07 PB. Without best home runners the women favorite is double world champion and olympic silver medalist Catherine Ndereba of Kenya.


AMSTERDAM (KEN): Top favorite for the 36th edition of the TCS Amsterdam Marathon is Kenyan Wilson Chebet, the winner of Rotterdam in spring with fast 2:05:27. "I trained very well for Amsterdam and I am full of confidence," confirmed Chebet for IAAF. "I know the course well and it is a fast one. I know my compatriots Geoffrey Mutai, Moses Mosop, Patrick Makau and Emmanuel Mutai are very good and very fast runners but I am also a good one. I will show that Sunday." Former track star Sileshi Sihine is debuting here in marathon. Home star Lornah Kiplagat is the top name in women race.

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