Bruny Surin, Allen Johnson and Natallia Dobrynska are Ambassadors to the IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014 and all were present at the traditional pre-event press conference ahead of the biggest athletics event of the year on Thursday (6).
The IAAF have appointed Canadian sprinter Bruny Surin, US hurdler Allen Johnson and Ukrainian multi-events exponent Natallia Dobrynska as Ambassadors to the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, which will be held in the Polish city of Sopot between 7-9 March.
During a special ceremony at half time in the Dynamo Kyiv vs Illichivets football match in Kyiv on Sunday (27), 2008 Olympic Heptathlon champion Natallia Dobrynska announced her retirement from athletics.
With exactly one calendar month to go before Donetsk, Ukraine stages the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships, from 10-14 July, this is the perfect moment to look back at the immense contribution athletes from this country have made to the sport.
If it is possible to be an Olympic champion and remain in the shadows, that woman is Natallia Dobrynska, who was almost forgotten in the hype of the Jessica Ennis-Tatyana Chernova clash in the Pentathlon at these World Indoor Championships.
Olympic Heptathlon champion Natalia Dobrynska of Ukraine has been forced to withdraw from the European Indoor Championships due to illness but still hopes for success in Torino for her elder sister Viktoriya.