IAAF Back with European Broadcasting Union, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

my virtual office, Daegu.jpgVirtual Office, Daegu 2011, photo by Larry Eder

Media money rules the sports world. That the IAAF has signed a contract for 2014-2017 means that some in Monaco can let a nice sigh of relief loose, noting that, whatever the value, Euros will be flowing into the IAAF during that time period.

 Nice to see Craig Mottram running well again. He just won the Australian 5,000 meter title and will be running the Zatopek 10,000 meters in December. The Zatopek is the Australian 10,000m title and is one of the most famous 10,000 meters in the world, named in honor of the great Olympian & Czech patriot, Emil Zatopek.



MONTE CARLO (MON): IAAF returns to EBU. In an official press release it is said that IAAF has signed an agreement with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to become the exclusive IAAF media partner for the territories of Europe and Africa for the period 2014-2017. The partnership will cover all IAAF World Athletic Series competitions, including the IAAF World Championships 2015 in Beijing and the IAAF World Championships 2017 in London. The previous 2011 and 2013 Worlds (Daegu and Moscow) are handled by IEC in Sports. Lamine Diack, IAAF President, said: "The EBU has been our partner for every edition of the IAAF World Championships from their creation in 1983 right through until 2009 and we are delighted to be partners again. This agreement not only secures the financial future of the athletics' movement until the end of 2017 but is also strategic for IAAF in guaranteeing maximum coverage of our premium events in key territories." The EBU is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world and the world's premier distributor of sports and news content, for broadcast and media platforms. It has 74 active members in 56 countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Its members reach an audience of 650 million people through more than 200 television channels, 600 radio stations and 800 websites.



HEERENBERG (NED): Both marathon world champions are scheduled to run the 16th Montferland Run at 15 km in Netherlands. Kenyans Abel Kirui and Edna Kiplagat will compete. Their main rivals are Hailu Mekonnen, Gilbert Yegon and on the women side Hilda Kibet, the Kenyan who runs for Netherlands. The race will be staged on December 4. Kibet is already qualified for London Games as are both Kenyan world champions. Kibet also won here back in 2006.



SOCHI (RUS): Deep divisions have emerged in the relationship between Mario Vazquez Rańa, President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), and Europe, who want him to step down. Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olymic Committees (EOC), used his opening address at the organisation's 40th General Assembly here to express his dissatisfaction at the Mexican's leadership of ANOC, the umbrella organisation of the world's National Olympic Committees (NOCs). European OC also spoke again about the idea of multi-sports European Games. Insidthegames reports. Over 300 participants representing 48 European NOCs, a large contingent from the IOC, delegations from the Olympic Games organising committees, the organisers of the future European Youth Olympic Festivals, the 2020 applicant cities, friends and guests of the European Olympic Movement, will spend the next day and half taking stock of this year's work and looking to future sports events, first and foremost the inaugural Innsbruck 2012 winter YOG that will start in six weeks time and the London 2012 Olympic Games that will kick off in eight months. Another key event will be the presentation of the first Piotr Nurowski Best European Young Athlete Prize, created in memory of the president of the Polish NOC and executive committee member, Piotr Nurowski. It will be the Assembly that will elect the winner out of the 6 finalists chosen by the NOCs. After the Assembly, the European Olympic Family will go to Moscow where it has been invited by the Russian Olympic Committee to attend the Grand Gala for the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of its constitution. Writes EOC website.



SAO PAULO (BRA): Pole vault world champion Fabiana Murer will not compete during the indoor season. She revealed that for Brazilian federation website. „I'm now starting my basic training and this year the training period will be the longest since 2005," she said. She also plans only a few competitions before London Olympic Games. In winter she plans to train in Lisbon and summer debut at Brazil Grand Prix in May and then Brazil Trophy early June and two or three Diamond League meets before the games. Also talking to journalists was famous Ukrainian coach Vitaliy Petrov who is in Brazil to give clinics and helps young talents like Thiago Braz, the Youth Olympic Games silver winner who wants to succeed at World Juniors in Barcelona. Petrov also confirmed that Murer has the abilities to come close to five meters and even go over it.



WARSZAWA (POL): Poland´s olympic shot put winner Tomasz Majewski is in good preparation for full indoor season. His main event at home will be Pedros Cup in Bydgoszcz on February 8 and internationally the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. It will be his fifth World Indoors, from previous four appearances the best placing is a third place in 2008 in Valencia. His main aim for summer is London Games and because of good preparation to defend his title from Beijing he plans not to compete at European Championships in Helsinki.







KINGSTON (JAM): Racers Track Club had over the weekend first seminar for the new training year. The first session was facilitated by Nutritionist Patricia Thompson. It was interesting to watch the faces of the athletes as they seem to be absorbing everything that was said, especially when they saw that eating the proper foods could reduce the need for supplements. They were given information on Nutrition with special emphasis on the athlete. The second session started with Dr. Herb Elliott enlightening the athletes on the new and updated list of banned substances. They were also warned about taking supplements that they could not verify what was stated on the labels. Dr. Warren Blake continued the anti-doping section explaining to the athletes exactly what the drugs are in layman terms. Informs Racers website. That could be an example also for other clubs.


PALENCIA (ESP): Steeple world champion 2009 Marta Dominguez has been acquitted of tax fraud, the last charge that was pending in connection with Operation Greyhound. She already had been acquitted last July on charges of doping and is now finally free of all pending cases for which he had been charged in that operation. She dreams about Olympic medal in the steeple in London.


LAUSANNE (SUI): UNESCO and European Athletics have renewed their partnership to promote athletics as a driver for personal development and social cohesion, especially among young women and men. The new agreement, which runs until 2015, was signed by European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. The agreement foresees the continuation of work undertaken by the two organisations since 2006, including the Young Leaders Community project that promotes volunteering and community development initiatives in athletics. According to the agreement, a European Athletics-UNESCO Young Leaders Forum will be held in conjunction with the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki (Finland) in 2012 and then in Zurich (Switzerland) in 2014.


FIRENZE (ITA): On Sunday new course will be ready for runners at Firenze Marathon. IAAF writes that no less than 9000 runners will toe the starting-line in the Lungarno Pecori Giraldi and will cross the finish-line in Piazza Santa Croce in the heart of the worldwide famous Tuscan city. The entry figure makes Florence the second largest Italian Marathon in terms of participation to the event. The entirely flat course without hills or slopes may help to produce new Florence Marathon records - the current men's record is 2:08:41 set by James Kutto in 2006 while the women's record of 2:28:15 has been held by Helena Javornik since 2002). Favorites are Ethiopians Teshome Gelana with 2:07:37 best and Asha Gigi with 2:26:05.


BRUSSELS (BEL): Former World cross country champion Mohamed Mourhit is confident he will be able to return to competition in this weekend's cross cup in Roeselare. Mourhit is not yet attached to a club but told media that will be taken care of. Mourhit wants to run cross country in order to prepare for the London Olympic Games where he wants to run the 10.000m reports Sporza.


BERLIN (GER): In the case of German triple jumper Charles Friedek against the German Olympic Committee the verdict will be postponed to December 15th. Friedek has taken the committee to court after not selecting him for the 2008 Olympic Games despite reaching the qualifying standard reports leichtathletik.de.


INDIANAPOLIS (USA): Ajee Wilson has been named the 2011 Youth Athlete of the Year by USA Track & Field's Youth Committee. The highlight of Wilson's year came in winning the girl's 800 meters at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France. Wilson unleashed her kick with 200m remaining and separated herself from the field to win in 2:02.64. Wilson's victory marked the first time Team USA medaled in the event at the Youth Championships. Her best is 2:02.64.


LONDON (GBR): London mayor Boris Johnson says large screens showing live coverage of some of the 2012 London Olympics are planned in venues across the capital. The city will have outdoor screens in Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square. Spectators will also have the chance to try out different sports reports the Washington Post.


BRUSSELS (BEL): European junior cross country champion and last year's U23 bronze medalist Jeroen D'hoedt is not going to compete at this year's European cross country championships. D'hoedt is among the favourites in the U23 race but is suffering from a knee injury and is not able to train for the event. He will also skip the Lotto Crosscup race in Roeselare this weekend according to Sporza.


CC WEEKEND: European countries are closing its selection for European CC Championships on December 11 in Velenje this weekend. In the European Athletics CC permit circuit five events will be staged on the same weekend. On Saturday in Szentendre near Budapest the International Hungarian Championships (also the site of next years European CC event), on Sunday Lotto CrossCup in Belgium continues with Roeselaare, French top event will be in Leffrinckoucke with Cross de l´Acier, Dutch runners will compete in Tilburg, Spanish in Llodio. Not in EA Permic circuit also the Amora-Seixal race in Portugal, Valsugana in Italy and UK Trials in Liverpool on Saturday.


MONTREAL (CAN): Agent Kris Mychasiw announced on his twitter that talented 400 m runner from Dominican Republic Luguelin Santos (at age of 18 clocked 44.71 at Pan Am Games) signed a multi year deal with Puma.







MELBOURNE (AUS, Nov 24): Former world medalist and numerous national record holder Craig Mottram achieved a 13:46.60 win at the Victorian 5000 m championships, establishing himself as the favourite for the Australian 10 000 m title at next month's Zatopek:10. The event was the first open championship to be contested on the new Albert Park venue.

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