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.”
After enjoying her busy downtime with a trip to London, a premier league football match, some NBA games and sponsor obligations, Samsung Diamond League Ambassador Allyson Felix is back in training and beginning to focus on a long 2011 season.
“I've been very busy this off season doing a lot of work for my sponsor. It has been a lot of fun to take part in different photo shoots, including one with Kobe Bryant. It is always enjoyable to do things that are different.
“I attended a Lakers game in London and also attended the NBA Championship ring ceremony for the Lakers at their season opener in Los Angeles which was so much fun since I'm such a big fan.
“I just returned from London for the re-opening of the Niketown. There were many other athletes attending like Carl Lewis and Paula Radcliffe. It was a great event and you could feel the energy in London as the Olympic Games get closer.
“While in London, I attended another premier league football game. I'm really trying to follow football more and it was great because I got to meet Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba. It always makes it fun to follow people you know.
“I've been back training for four weeks now. It has been going well although it is not my favorite time of year. We are conditioning, spending a lot of time in the weight room and doing lots of long runs.
“I am most likely not going to participate in indoor season. If I do run any meets it will strictly be to work on various aspects of my race and do some training. The season is long this year and it will be a very busy couple years in a row so I really want to manage how much I race.
“For Thanksgiving, I'm going to be spending the time with my family as I always do. I love being able to be around them for the holidays and we just plan on eating a lot, playing games and spending quality time together.
“Thanks for your interest. I’ll have another update in a few weeks.”