KEEP­ING HIS­TORY ALIVE

Athletics Weekly - - News -

REL­A­TIVES of ath­let­ics le­gends such as Paavo Nurmi, Jesse Owens, Fanny Blankers-Koen and Emil Zatopek gath­ered in Monaco last week­end to do­nate his­toric arte­facts to the IAAF’s her­itage col­lec­tion.

IAAF pres­i­dent Seb Coe also launched a new IAAF world ath­let­ics her­itage plaque – a lo­ca­tion­based recog­ni­tion which high­lights, cel­e­brates and links to­gether iconic and his­toric com­pe­ti­tions, ca­reers, per­for­mances, cities, venues, land­marks and cul­ture around the world.

A uniquely de­signed plaque will be per­ma­nently and pub­licly dis­played at a lo­ca­tion closely as­so­ci­ated with each re­cip­i­ent.

Coe said: “On the same prin­ci­ple that Lon­don’s world-fa­mous blue plaque scheme cel­e­brates no­table peo­ple who have lived and worked in the Bri­tish cap­i­tal, the IAAF World Ath­let­ics Her­itage Plaque sets out to recog­nise an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the world­wide his­tory and devel­op­ment of ath­let­ics.”

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