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IAAF Presidential candidate Coe looks backwards and forwards at Bislett and in Baku

IAAF Presidential candidate Coe looks backwards and forwards at Bislett and in Baku

The celebrations which marked the 50th Anniversary running of Oslo’s Bislett Games offered many great athletes the opportunity to reflect on the days of their youth. As the cavalcade of classic open-topped Ford Mustangs made its slow circuit of the Bislett Stadium track before the main meeting began, the waving passengers – John Walker, Roger Moens, Javier Sotomayor, Jan Zelezny, Ingrid Kristiansen, Henry Rono - received warm waves of applause. For many of those rising in acclaim, these middle aged but still largely trim and athletic figures had created indelible memories on this oval patch of ground.

No one was applauding more warmly than Svein Arne Hansen, recently elected President of European Athletics, who has been involved in every Bislett Games since 1965 in various forms, serving as meeting director from 1985 to 2009.







Liam Morgan: Olympic Stadium in Baku goes Gaga for Opening Ceremony but not Armenian athletes

Liam Morgan: Olympic Stadium in Baku goes Gaga for Opening Ceremony but not Armenian athletes

If the message coming from European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Patrick Hickey concerning Armenia’s controversial participation in the inaugural European Games was that they were thrilled to have the country competing despite political tension with hosts Azerbaijan, the message coming from the crowd at the Opening Ceremony was the polar opposite.