POSTED: September 4th 2011

IAAF: Daegu 2011 World Championships wind up a great success

Closing of the Daegu 2011 World Championships / Yonhap news - Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Rep. of Korea
Closing of the Daegu 2011 World Championships / Yonhap news - Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Rep. of Korea

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/DAEGU: The Deagu 2011 World Championships officially came to a close today after a two hour IAAF Council meeting uniting both the outgoing and incoming members.

IAAF chief Lamine Diack noted during the meeting that he felt that his sport had been treated like royalty in Daegu and that the event had been excellent. He lauded the choice of venue and was thrilled at the attendance and the wonderful atmosphere in the stadium.

Robert Hersch of the USA was named Senior Vice-President as he received the most votes of the four vice-presidents and will serve in the event that the president might be absent.

Looking back at the nine days of competition, at the IAAF Congress, there had been 202 member nations in attendance and 365 delegates participating in the proceedings.

The competitions had 200 member federations, 1849 athletes, 1563 team officials, 3412 team members.

Participating at the press conference were IAAF President Lamine Diack, Mayor of the City of Daegu and Co-President of the LOC Kim Bum-il, the Vice-President and Secretary General of the LOC Dong-Hoo Moon, and IAAF Deputy General Secretary Nick Davies.

The effort to keep the playing field equal in the competitions was successful with the IAAF carrying out blood testing on every athlete in the competitions.

Global TV ratings were up with 65 million viewers in Korea during the first five days of events. This was up from the last World Championships held in Asia at Osaka 2007 which saw only 6.6 million viewers.

Eurosport which broadcast only 100 hours of events gathered 28.6 million which was up from 37.6 million during the entire period of Osaka.

Japan’s broadcaster TBS racked up 131 million viewers for the first five days and peaked at 11.8 million for the 100m final and the hammer throw which was won by Koji Murofushi.   

Overall the television attention was inspiring and proved that athletics is going strong.

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