World Half Marathon Champs awarded to Birmingham – World Athletics Final to Thessaloniki - Council Meeting Day 2
The bid team from Thessaloniki giving their presentation to the IAAF Council in London (Chris Turner for the IAAF)
London, UK - The IAAF has selected venues for two future World Athletics Series competitions at the end of its two day meeting in London today.
2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
Birmingham has been selected to stage the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships on 11 October 2009. The successful bid was made jointly by UK Athletics and Birmingham City Council during a presentation to IAAF Council, led by Ed Warner, the Chairman of UKA, and Denis Hurst – Interim Assistant Director of Sport at Birmingham City Council.
Lamine Diack, IAAF President said: “Birmingham organized one of the best ever editions of the IAAF World Indoor Championships a few years ago and this weekend we also enjoyed an excellent edition of the World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, so I am extremely confident in the ability of UK Athletics, and the City of Birmingham to deliver another really top class competition. The World Half Marathon Championships is the only IAAF World Championships specifically for road runners, and we are very keen to reach out to this thriving community of our sport.”
2009 IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final
There were two bids for the 2009 edition of the IAAF / VTB Bank World Athletics Final, from Thessaloniki (GRE) and Bydgoszcz (POL) and after presentations from both delegations, IAAF Council decided to award the event to Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece with a population of 1 million people.
The winning bid was presented by the General Secretary for Sport of the Greek Government, Stavros Douvis, supported by a delegation which included the President of SEGAS, the Greek Athletics Federation, Vasilios Sevastis
President Diack said: “This is an excellent stadium, which was revamped for use during the Olympic Games in 2004, is the right size for this competition with a capacity of 28,000. We need to attract young people to our sport, and we are happy to see how Thessaloniki plans to make every effort to attract young people to the stadium. The Greek delegation made an excellent presentation and we believe that the Thessaloniki will offer an excellent stage for the world’s best athletes for the climax of the 2009 track season.”
NOTE. The third and final morning of the IAAF Council’s visit to London will involve a visit to the site of the 2012 Olympic Stadium, construction of which will begin in the next couple of months.