POSTED: August 26th 2011

DIACK: Deagu hailed as even better than Berlin for World Championships

IAAF cheif Lamine Diack meets the press prior to the start of the World Chanpionships in Daegu, Korea / SFC images
IAAF cheif Lamine Diack meets the press prior to the start of the World Chanpionships in Daegu, Korea / SFC images

NIKKI WICKS and LAURA WALDEN in DAEGU / Sports Features Communications

DAEGU/LONDON:The IAAF President Lamine Diack has hailed the Daegu organising committee ahead of the IAAF World Championships, describing the conditions in South Korea as “perfect” and “even better” than at previous Championship.
Diack was speaking at a press conference on the eve of the nine day competition, following the traditional pre-Championship meeting between the IAAF council and the executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), co-chaired by IOC President Jacques Rogge.
The IOC executive board has also held a meeting in Daegu to discuss the possibility of a change of dates for Qatar possibly bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games.
The Qatar Olympic Committee wrote to the IOC last month to propose that any bid for the 2020 Olympics would include a change of date, with the Games starting at the end of September.

The IOC has confirmed its decision to allow the date change, so Doha will join Istanbul, Madrid, Rome and Tokyo in the race for the 2020 Games.
Rogge told the press conference that he would be “listening” to board members before a decision was made.
“We are not going to issue a press release immediately because first we want to give the opportunity to our friends in Qatar to discuss with us about the decision we are going to take,” said Rogge.
Commenting on the preparation by the Daegu organising committee, Rogge said he had not had chance to visit the stadium but was looking forward to enjoying the Championships “without having any responsibility” for the show.
Rogge said: “Ask me this same question after the first day of competition and I will give you my feedback on how I see Daegu. However, I have been in Daegu for the Universiade in 2003 so I know that the people of Daegu have a great infrastructure, they can organise a great event so I am very hopeful”.
Diack added: “I’ve been to the village, I’ve met the delegations, I’ve spoken to people who have told me that they have attended Paris, Helsinki, Osaka and Berlin, but the conditions offered here are absolutely perfect and even better at all levels – the sports facilities, the stadium is brand new and has been refurbished, we have the best possible Mondo track.”
Commenting on the meeting between the IAAF council and the IOC, Diack said that members had been given the chance to "to take stock" of some of the issues that effect both the IAAF and the IOC.
Rogge added: “We discussed general issues of sport, like the new generation, doping, betting, and the court of arbitration.”

Keywords · Daegu 2011 · IAAF · Lamine Diack · Jacques Rogge · 2020 Games · athletics · Olympic bidding

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