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Athletics world focuses on Monaco

MonteCarloThe eyes of the athletics world will be on the Principality of Monaco during the next eight days. As well as the staging of the 2010 World Athletics Gala, Monaco will be a hive of administrative work, with a two-day sitting of the IAAF Council one of 16 meetings which concern the governing and organisation of the sport.

The IAAF family will gather to celebrate the 2010 World Athletics Gala at the Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Club d’Eté on Sunday 21 November.

Hosted by International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Honorary President HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and IAF & IAAF President Lamine Diack, the World Athletics Gala will be highlighted by the announcement of the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year 2010.

The Gala will also give the IAAF family the opportunity to mark other outstanding achievements via a number of other awards and honours including those for the Rising Star, Coach of the Year, World Journalist etc.….

The Gala’s 600+ guests, who will include many of the world’s top athletics stars, past and present, will be entertained this year by Kassav, the zouk band formed in Paris in 1979, whose Caribbean creole mix of carnival inspired dance rhythms has led to the releasing of over 20 albums.

A two-day meeting of the IAAF Council, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November, will be the focus of a packed schedule of meetings which will straddle the Gala. Gatherings of various IAAF Commissions, the Advisory Board, a coordination meeting concerning Daegu 2011, the IAF Council and various meetings of the Samsung Diamond League are among those that will be staged before, during, and immediately following the weekend.