The 2013-2016 IAAF Strategic Plan has six Core Values: universality, leadership, unity, excellence, integrity and solidarity, and a Vision Statement: “To lead, govern and develop the sport of athletics in all its forms worldwide, uniting the Athletics Family in a spirit of excellence, integrity and solidarity.”
We have a great start field for tonight’s ÅF Golden League final. Wilfried Meert (Meeting Director) gave the following information at the TV briefing this morning; Before the World Championships in Berlin there were still plenty of tickets left for the ÅF Golden League final. After the World Record of Usain Bolt the stadium was sold within a couple of days. As Meert said “today we could have sold 1.000 and 1.000 of extra tickets if the Stadium would allow it. This is due to the Bolt effect”.
Tyson Gay will face Asafa Powell for the 100m. Usain Bolt will focus on the 200m with the ambition to break Tyson Gays Stadium record of 19.79. Wilfried Meert mentioned that the track is brand new and with the same quality that was used in Beijing. This might be a reason for good performances tonight; Meert said but added that the forecast doesn’t look good with wind and high risk of rain.
Gelete Burka, who felt in the World Championships, is aiming for a new World Record for the 2000m Women. Record holder, Sonja O’Sullivan, will be present.
The World Feed start at CET 20:00. The live signal from the Host Broadcaster will be available for recording from CET 19:20 (starting with 3.000m SC).
In the start of tonight’s transmission there will be inserts of footage of the three Jackpot contenders: Kenenisa Bekele, Yelena Isinbayeva and Sanya Richards (total 30 sec). These pictures will follow the Venue Wide Shot with Jackpot Contenders and end up with the graphic exposing “Jackpot Contender”.
In the end of the transmission the ÅF Golden League price ceremony will take part directly after the 2000m Women. The IAAF President, Lamine Diack, will hand the checks to the winners of the ÅF Golden League. After end of the ceremony the normal closing procedure will be used.
The post feed will include interviews with athletes
Introduction by Dr. Stuart Storey
Welcome to Brussels – the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union. In many ways it’s the capital of Europe. It’s a cosmopolitan City where many different cultures come together. It boast medieval streets, beautiful squares and boulevards along with some impressive monuments and spacious parks. This City hosts the climax to the Golden League series for 2009.
Welcome to the Stad Roi Baudouin and to the 33rd Ivo Van Damme meeting. As we approach the end of a season which has seen a successful World Championships and Golden League series many of the Champions are here including Usain Bolt who has been the revelation of the last two seasons. The programme this evening includes the 10 Golden League events and once again a support programme of middle and distance events.
There are now 3 contenders remaining in the quest to win all or a share of the one million dollar prize.
Sanya Richards (USA) is getting faster over 400m - her time in Zurich was 48.94 a world leading time. Yelena Isinbeyeva (RUS) came back from the disappointment of failure in the recent world championships to set a new world record of 5.06m in the pole vault in Zurich.
Kenenesa Bekele (ETH) runs over 5000m here – he continues to win races whatever the conditions or pace.
The Gold Bars on show for the last time this season remain the prize for one or all of our contenders.