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    <<4 February 2004

    Monte Carlo - The IAAF can confirm that it has received official bids to host the 2009 edition of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics from eight candidates, from four of the IAAF Continental Areas: Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. The deadline for receipt of applications was 31 January 2004.

    The bidding cities are:
    Berlin, GER
    Brisbane, AUS
    Brussels, BEL
    Casablanca, MAR
    Daegu, KOR
    Delhi, IND
    Split, CRO
    Valencia, ESP

    "I am delighted not only to have such a large list of impressive candidates, but that they are so widely spread geographically," said IAAF President Lamine Diack: "This demonstrates the excellent value of the IAAF's most important Competition and the true universality of our sport."

    In the coming weeks, detailed documentation regarding the bidding and evaluation procedure will be provided to candidates, while the final decision as to who will host the 12th edition of the World Championships will be taken at the autumn meeting of IAAF Council (venue and date to be confirmed).


    The next two editions of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics will be held in Helsinki, FIN (2005) and Osaka, JPN (2007).>>

    All the insider talk T&FN has heard suggests that Berlin is pretty much a slam dunk.

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    I doubt the IAAF would let it not be in Europe twice in a row. Thus, Berlin makes sense with Brussels the backup choice.

    I believe I saw it announced that Stanford is going to make another try for the WC in 2011.

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    • #3
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      I agree after Osaka, a return to Europe is very probable.

      Daegu is an interesting selection.

      I saw USA-Korea play there in 2002...

      http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/02/en/da/c/daegu.html

      Several hours from Seoul, coiuple hours north of Busan.

      Very little English spoken at all there

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      • #4
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        split would be fabulous!

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          Re: IAAF Lists Candidates For '09 Worlds

          >I doubt the IAAF would let it not be in Europe twice in a row. Thus, Berlin
          >makes sense with Brussels the backup choice.

          I believe I saw it announced
          >that Stanford is going to make another try for the WC in 2011.

          >>>>>

          The host city will be San Francisco and the event site will be Palo Alto. I think they've got a good shot (never in the US before, SF is the most European city in the US, and the WCs will have already hit up Europe and Asia, 10 years since they were in N. America).

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            I'd agree SF is the most euro like city in the USA.

            The 2012 Olympics could impact this though, isn't SF bidding?

            And the same with NY...

            I do wonder if NY bids for 2011 too?

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            • #7
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              >split would be fabulous!

              Not unless the city is ENORMOUSLY improved since 1990!

              Back then there was a major lack of hotels with air conditioning. With no breeze in the city, even at water's edge, it wasn't until 2 AM when the air temperature had gotten under 90 degrees and you could finally fall asleep while lying in your own pool of sweat.

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                >I'd agree SF is the most euro like city in the USA.

                Yep... dirty streets, huge problem with wandering welfare seekers, wacky local government (see Red Ken of London), lousy roads... very European!

                There would have to be a HUGE renovation of Stanford's football stadium to get it even close to ready for a real meet. I wouldn't even want to think about sitting in a decked stadium in Earthquake Central (being a coward and all...).

                Take it back to Edmonton -- now THAT was a fun town for the Worlds.

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                • #9
                  IAAF Lists Candidates For '09 Worlds

                  What ar the chances of India getting the bid?

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                  • #10
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                    "What ar the chances of India getting the bid?"

                    Delhi would be way, way too hot for the meet. Daytime temperatures reach well above 100 degrees Farenheit during the summer months. Even for sprinters, this is not good; it would be difficult to ward off dehydration and cramping. Distance runners would obviously hate it as well. I hope they don't have it there.

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                    • #11
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                      sevilla had it's 105 days...

                      humidity was very low, arizona like...

                      what's delhi's humidity like in august? I assume the monsoon season is a problem too?

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                        >>split would be fabulous!

                        Not unless the city is ENORMOUSLY improved since
                        >1990!

                        Back then there was a major lack of hotels with air conditioning.
                        >With no breeze in the city, even at water's edge, it wasn't until 2 AM when
                        >the air temperature had gotten under 90 degrees and you could finally fall
                        >asleep while lying in your own pool of sweat.

                        according to what i have seen and heard, it has -- either that, or i am thinking of zagreb or another city in croatia.

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                        • #13
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                          >I do wonder if NY bids for 2011 too?<<

                          It will never happen. If they get the 2012 Olympics, it is unimaginable that they would also be given the 2011 Worlds. If they don't get the 2012 Olympics, they won't have a proper stadium for the Worlds. (They don't have one now and they won't build one unless they're going to have the Olympics.)

                          Catch twenty twelve.

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                          • #14
                            Re: IAAF Lists Candidates For '09 Worlds

                            >>I'd agree SF is the most euro like city in the USA.

                            Yep... dirty streets,
                            >huge problem with wandering welfare seekers, wacky local government (see Red
                            >Ken of London), lousy roads... very European!

                            The streets are fine. SF doesn't section off their homeless or hide them from public sight. I've met countless tourists/visitors from all parts of the globe in SF and all have said that they feel more comfortable in San Francisco than any other American city they have visited.

                            And no standing sports arena in the Bay Area is without retrofit for earthquake resistance.

                            I'd love to see the WCs at Palo Alto. Have the marathoners run through Palo Alto, down El Camino Real and through Stanford.

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                            • #15
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                              I think the basic question about SF being more euro like than any other american city HAS more to do with the general culture.

                              Are there ITEMS in SF, which are NOT euro by nature?

                              Sure, those could be purely AMERICAN or even ASIAN.

                              In NORTH American, MONTREAL would be more euro-like than SF...

                              but, I'm NOT finding any other city which is more euro-like in the USA...

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