Big numbers for Beijing

first_imgThe IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 could potentially be the biggest world championship in the 15 editions of the event, which started in 1983 and ranks among the world’s leading sports events.With one week to go, final entries indicate that 207 IAAF member federations will send representatives to the Chinese capital for the most important sporting event of the year.The previous highest number of participating federations was 203, at the last championships in Moscow two years ago.No less than 1,936 athletes (1043 men and 893 women) have been entered.SLIGHTLY LESS NUMBERSAlthough the number of athletes that will finally participate in Beijing will be slightly less, as is normal, this figure still compares favourably with the current highest total of 1895 who competed at the 2009 championships in Berlin.The numbers have been boosted by the IAAF’s innovative system introduced ahead of these championships of inviting athletes who had not already been entered by the deadline of midnight (Central European Time) Monday, August 10, on the basis of them being among the best ranked in their event (apart from in long distance and walking disciplines) in order to bring an event up to an optimum number of competitors as established by the IAAF.The IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015, is expected to set the standard for the sport’s future championships, with the world’s best athletes going through their paces in the same magnificent Bird’s Nest stadium that was the centrepiece for the 2008 Olympic Games.As already announced, the Bird’s Nest stadium will be full for all the evening sessions across the nine days with an audience of 50,000 spectators.- IAAFlast_img read more

Van-Dave Harmon: ‘We are Excited to Return’

first_imgThe Blue Field was filled with excitement after BYC commenced regular training for the league seasonBarrack Young Controllers (BYC) players were excited to return to normal duties for the upcoming league season. The Blue Field was filled with excitement after the ‘Go Blue Boys’ commenced regular training for the league season.According to BYC captain Van-Dave Harmon, the resumption of training and preparation for the upcoming season have reawakened their enthusiasm.“We have few weeks until the start of the season; everyone seems to have come back with a good mindset, excitement, and eagerness to touch down on the pitch, so we are looking forward to seeing how our pre-season unfolds. This is what we love doing best, so it means a lot to us,” Captain Harmon said.On his new teammates, Harmon said: “We are all friends and have played together at the junior and senior levels of the national team. We are always in a happy atmosphere as players.”Skipper Harmon led the team comprising newly signed players during the first warm-up session of the club.He said his teammates’ excitement is a sign of good sportsmanship between them and the technical staff of the team for the 2017/2018 league season.“We have been joined by several new players for the next season with Coach Robert Lartey since he took over the team during the final half of last season. This is another challenge, another opportunity for us as players.”It was also a thrilling moment for Harmon’s teammate David Tweh. The 18-year-old forward said he has been waiting for this moment following a long period of ‘self-training.’“After a long break you always want to come back and get started with new skills and styles of play to achieve good results in the new season,” he said. “It is always a new feeling when you are with teammates on the pitch and I am keen to learn new skills and explore them on the pitch for the new season.”The young forward was a key factor in the team’s impressive performance last season despite failing to retain its championship and dropping out of the CAF competition.In its preparation for the upcoming season, BYC has played several matches. The ‘Go Blue Boys’ will host Samira FC of December 21 at the Blue Field, and will go up against Invincible Eleven on December 23 to complete their pre-season games.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more