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News30 Jun 2009


World Youth Masterclass - Young athletes to meet six Legends

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Monte CarloIn less than a week, over 1500 youth athletes will travel to Südtirol, Italy to take part in the 6th IAAF World Youth Championships; for most of them it will be the first time they travel to a foreign country. Yet it won’t all be about winning medals and improving personal bests. It will also be about building friendships with their rivals from every corner of the world, and learning about the ethical values that enhance our sport.

With this in mind, the IAAF is pleased to offer yet another unique experience to all the youth athletes who will take part in the competition.

The young athletes will have the pleasure of being with, talking to and learning from athletes who have been Olympic champions, World champions or World record holders.

The IAAF World Youth Masterclass will take place on 6 July and will include motivational speeches from no fewer than six IAAF Ambassadors, an Anti Doping Workshop and a couple of warm up sessions with some of the sport’s all-time greatest athletes.

IAAF Ambassadors who have responded positively and will pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation include double Olympic champion Kelly Holmes and World and Olympic champion Maria Mutola whose rivalry and friendship over the years has marked the history of the women’s 800m. World record holder at the same distance, Wilson Kipketer will also be present in Südtirol with the World Indoor record holder in the High Jump Kajsa Bergqvist, World Long Jump record holder Mike Powell and European 400m Hurdles record holder Stephane Diagana.

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