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World Championships 2009 Preview
  • August 13th, 2009

The 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics will be held in Berlin, Germany from 15–23 August 2009. Here’s a preview by WorldSport.tv

The Championships will be staged in the 74,845-seat Olympiastadion, which underwent a €242 million renovation ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup of football. The marathon events as well as the events in racewalking will have their start and finish at the Brandenburg Gate.

In 2006 it was announced that the design of the event will be held in the colours blue and green. The organizers announced a budget of €45 million to stage the event.

Athletes will be hosted during the event in the Hotel Estrel (950 rooms) and Hotel Berlin (650 rooms).

The Championships will be broadcast in over 190 countries.

The event will feature one of the most comprehensive anti-doping initiatives ever undertaken by the IAAF. A total of 1000 samples will be collected from athletes and tested at labs accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, and additional educational anti-doping activities will be available. IAAF president Lamine Diack stressed that samples would be retained for future analysis, thus currently undetectable drugs could be tested for in the future, preventing athletes from flouting the anti-doping rules.

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