From left to right Sun Haiping, Nick Davies, Liu Xiang, Sandro Giovannelli and Dr Feng Shuyong (© Getty Images)
Olympic 110m Hurdles champion and coWorld record holder Liu Xiang of China donated his Olympic running kit to the IAAF in an official handover ceremony in Paris last Friday.
Accompanied by the Vice President of the Athletics Association of the People’s Republic of China, Dr Feng Shuyong, and his personal coach Sun Haiping, 21-year-old Liu Xiang handed over his 2004 Olympic Games running kit to the IAAF represented by Competitions Director Sandro Giovannelli and Communications Director Nick Davies.
“This is a tremendous honour for us to be given the chance to participate in this project,” commented Dr Feng Shuyong. “We look forward to co-operate with the IAAF in the future.”
Since winning the Olympic Games last summer and tying Colin Jackson’s World record of 12.91 Liu Xiang has become a national hero in China. In order to prepare for the World Championships in Helsinki where he will aim at grabbing his country’s first sprint gold Liu Xiang has accepted an invitation to set base and train in Paris throughout the summer.
Xiang’s Olympic kit will be auctioned at the end of the season and all profits made will be donated to the United Nations Associations: FAO, UNICEF and WFP.