POSTED: August 29th 2011

IAAF steps up to help Japanese athletics after tsunami

(L to R) JAAP chief Yohei Kono was grateful for the assistance from IAAF head Lamine Diack / IAAF - Getty Images
(L to R) JAAP chief Yohei Kono was grateful for the assistance from IAAF head Lamine Diack / IAAF - Getty Images

LAURA WALDEN in DAEGU / Sports Features Communications

DAEGU: The IAAF has stepped to the plate here in Daegu at the World Championships to make a substantial contribution to the Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAP) of $250,000 to help them sustain track and field after the tsumani disaster.

Quite fitting the ceremony to hand over the cheque to JAAP chief Yohei Kono took place as Japan’s Koji Murofushi won the Hammer Throw gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu.

IAAF President Diack said, “In March only a few days after the tsunami hit I was in Tokyo visiting our partners.

“I had been expecting the visit would have to be postponed having seen on television the scale of the disaster which had happened but I decided that it was best to go and give my support.”

“What I saw was a lesson for us all, to see a country which had been through such a disaster, continue to live and determinedly get on with daily life. I was so moved that when I returned I was determined that the IAAF should contribute some help to Japan, and therefore I’m delighted to present this cheque of $250,000 from the IAAF to JAAF.”

Just after the horrific tsunami thrashed Japan, IAAF chief Lamine Diack had a long standing visit planned to IAAF Marketing Partner Dentsu and sponsor partners in Tokyo, in order to offer in person the IAAF’s sympathy so he went to see firsthand the effect of the tragedy.

Keywords · IAAF · JAAF · Lamine Diack · Dentsu

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