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Top athletics stars to snub Golden League meet over appearance fee issue
  • May 10th, 2009
ISTAF officially opens on June 14th

ISTAF officially opens on June 14th

Looks like the economic gloom is hitting the athletics organisers too.

The opening of Golden League meet, the Das Internationale Stadionfest Berlin (ISTAF) in Berlin which will debut on June 14, is likely to miss many of the top athletics stars participation like Blanka Vlasic, as ISTAF will not pay any appearance fee.

The managers of such athletes have since sent a letter to IAAF and is awaiting their reply for an intervention.

Well implication of such stars missing the meet might mean that the athletes will forgo their chances of winning the Golden League jackpot of 1 million dollars, that is if they managed to win all the six series.

ISTAF manager Gerhard Janetzky was quoted, “We have a budget of around 2.7 million euros, and 17 disciplines compared to 19 last year. We have slightly cut our budget for the athletes in favour of promotion.”

Official Site: www.istaf.de/start.php?lang=en

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Posted by Uncle Sha.
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