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World day in Potchefstroom

Athletics South Africa (ASA) has announced that the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Day will be hosted by Athletics Central North West on Saturday, 16 May at Puk McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom.

This event is a festival of celebrating youth participation in the sport of athletics and it takes place once a year worldwide. With the goal of the IAAF Athletics’ World Plan to make athletics the number one sport in schools, this year’s project involves children between the age group of seven to 17.

A total number of 18 children from each participating continent, which includes Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, North and South America who qualifies in the draw that will be conducted by the IAAF after this event, will have an opportunity to attend part of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany from 19-23 August this year. IAAF will cover both the travel and accommodation costs for each child.

The World Athletics Day 2009 draw will determine the winners as follows:

Twelve children from the Youth Age Group; one boy and one girl from each of the six Continents (Areas) in the club competition, and six youngsters ranging from 13 to 15 years of age, each from respective continents will also be selected.

In addition, six teams (13-15 years old, one per area) from the winners of school team competitions will be drawn and each shall receive one set of youth athletics equipment for their school.

Again, thousands of gifts such as T-Shirts, posters and pins have been distributed to each participating Member Federation. All participants will be presented with an IAAF World Athletics Day Diploma, thereby helping to encourage enthusiasm for Athletics, the world’s most international sport.

ASA forms part of the 160 of the 213 member federations that will be participating in this year’s event.