IAAF Newsletter

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Big treat in store for athletes at World Youth Championships

Nearly 1500 youth athletes will travel to Ostrava to take part in their first ever World Championships and yet it won’t all be about winning medals and improving personal bests. It will also be about building friendship with their rivals from all over the world, and learning about the ethical values that enhance our sport.

With this in mind, another unique experience has been organized for all the youth athletes who will take part in 5th IAAF World Youth Championships, 11-15 July 2007 – Ostrava, Czech Republic. For 2 days, the young athletes will have the pleasure of being with, talking to and learning from athletes who have been Olympic winners, World champions or World record holders.
The Ostrava Masterclass will take place on 9 and 10 July and will include motivational speeches from no fewer than seven IAAF Ambassadors, an Anti-Doping Workshop and a couple of warm up sessions with some of the sport’s all-time greatest athletes.

Global champions, Ludmila Formanova (CZE), Sarka Kasparkova (CZE), Wilson Kipketer (DEN), Svetlana Masterkova (RUS), Steve Ovett (GBR), Marie José Pérec (FRA), and Jan Zelezny (CZE) will be in Ostrava with no other purpose than that of sharing their experience and knowledge with the next generation.

They will address topics such as:

Training – short term targets and long term planning;

Life after Athletics – don’t sacrifice your studies;

Coping with obstacles – how to overcome injuries and difficult times;

World Championships and Olympic Games – how to cope with the pressure and much more.

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