POSTED: August 31st 2009

Berlin stakes long-term claim to welcome back the Olympics

Usain Bolt: 100m record in Berlin /
Usain Bolt: 100m record in Berlin /

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/BERLIN: A prospect of the Olympic Games returning one day to Berlin has been raised by the dramatic success of the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

Certainly the record-breaking achievements of Jamaica’s Olympic golden hero Usain Bolt contributed to the tension and international focus. But that also meant a greater audience than ever was also able to witness the power of the Olympiastadion as a venue for the greatest meets.

At the moment German’s Olympic focus is on a twin track – preparing the potential medal-winners for the next summer Games in London in 2012 and in preparing the Munich bid to host the winter Games in 2018.

Beyond that, however, lies the allure of the Games returning one day to Germany and in a happier context than the ill-starred Olympiads of 1936 in Berlin and 1972 in Munich.

Clemens Prokop, president of the German track and field federation (DLV), raised by implication a Games return to Berlin in expressing his delight at the success of the athletics championships.

He said: “From a German hosting perspective of course our priority right now is to get behind Munich for 2018. But Berlin has underlined its status as a worthy Olympic city with its organisation of these athletics championships.

"The atmosphere was fantastic, we’ve really made a big impression as a home of international sport and we had record TV ratings which showed how strong an interest there is in Germany in track and field.”

The 2012 summer Games are in London with a decision due in October in Copenhagen on the 2016 host city. Candidates are Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo.

Keywords · World Athletics Championships · IAAF · Berlin · Olympic Games · summer Games · Prokop

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