In his first IAAF Diary, former Olympic 110m Hurdles champion Liu Xiang confirms that the upcoming World Indoor Championships in Istanbul are a pivotal part of his preparation this year on the way to trying to regain the Olympic title in London.
“23rd January was the Chinese Lunar New Year. In Chinese tradition, it is important to get together with your family at home, enjoying the New Year's Eve dinner and then the Spring Festival holidays.
“But this new year I didn’t go back home, which was the first time for me. I stayed with my teammates, training hard preparing for the Olympics. We had the New Year's Eve dinner together and then let off fireworks in the night, which was also very happy.
“The new season is approaching with the new year 2012. I will compete in some indoor meets in February before the World Indoor in Turkey, where I hope I could gain beautiful memories since this will be one of the most important IAAF competitions before the London Olympics.
“On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, I wish myself and teammates all the best, high quality training, no injuries, and everything smooth in the process of preparation for London Olympics.”