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Breaking 2 Records Before It Even Begins
THE WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN ATHLETICS IS TAKING PLACE IN ISTANBUL MARCH 9 TO 11.
Opening at the end of January with the Turkcell Turkish Athletics Championship, Ataköy Athletics Arena is hosting the world’s most famous athletes March 9 to 11. A total of 879 athletes from 178 countries have pre-registered for the World Indoor Championships, which are widely regarded as the most important track and field event in the runup to the London Olympics. The highest number of registrations ever received up to now means that two records have already been broken before the championship even gets under way. Even more important, among the athletes registering are world stars like Yelena Isinbayeva, Blanka Vlasic, Carmelita Jeter, Jessica Ennis, Christophe Lemaitre, Darya Klishina and Mo Farah. What’s more, top sprinter Asafa Powell’s manager has also announced that they want to join the competition as well. A choice of tickets, including a 3-day package, full day and even individual session, are available for fans keen to see the famous athletes up close in the new 7,450-capacity arena.
OLYMPIC YEAR: ALWAYSA RECORD YEAR?
The only exception to the biennial event was when the championship following the one at Birmingham in 2003 was held in Budapest in 2004. Coinciding with an Olympic year like this year’s in Istanbul, the Budapest championship also broke a record with 139 countries taking part. Not only that but 5 world records were broken at that competition.
TIK AND TAK
Two of the friendly street animals that have become synonymous with Istanbul were chosen as the championship mascots. Tik is a dog born in Taksim Gezi Park, and Tak a cat born in Bebek Park.