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event NERIUS LOOKS TO HER FUTURE Germany javelin thrower, Steffi Nerius, announced, at the World Championships in Berlin, that, despite her victory she was still going to retire from athletics at the end of the year. According to her, she asked her God to be allowed to perform as best she could and in return she promised not to be greedy and complete her long life in sport. During her career, Nerius took part in eight world championships and four Olympic Games. “I do not need anymore”, - said Nerius firmly. It is significant that her last event was the World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki in the same stadium in which she first appeared when she won a bronze medal in the European Junior Championships in 1991 at the age of 19. By an amazing coincidence, she also took the bronze in Thessaloniki. She confessed that after more than 20 years of the javelin she had become fed up with the nomadic life of an athlete. She felt like a gladiator, who was being constantly brought to the arena to do battle. Nerius had refused all the tempting offers for a future career outside of sport, and chose a modest job at her Bayern Leverkusen club, where she will train disabled athletes. Perhaps we shall soon see her prodigies as Champions of the Paralympic Games. According to her, she has already got experience of this work, and feels it extremely important to help disabled people. LOOKING FOR MICRO DOSES On the third day of the World Championships, the director of one of the world’s leading anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne, Professor Martial Saugy, regretted that, until now, the test for the most popular form of doping, the human growth hormone or HGH had not taken effect. “We know that it is used by athletes, but, there still remain some technical problems with this test” said Saugy. “In experiments with volunteers who have taken doses of the growth hormone, we see that our testing method works well and accurately identifies the stimulant. But the technique is still under discussion as the micro doses of the drug used to identify HGH, complicate the identification of this hormone. So I can not say when the test will be approved and put into practice. Similarly, we are still having problems discovering those who resort to different kinds of blood doping. In cycling, where, the same group of athletes take part in all the major competitions, it is easier to establish inconsistencies, implying outside influences, in their blood profile. But, at every athletics meeting, there are hundreds of new athletes, and it is impossible for doping control to establish their natural blood profile. We know that Africans and those persons brought up in the middle or high mountains areas have a higher than normal blood profile. “While looking for blood doping, we should watch for a clear variation from the normal hematology of the athlete” explained Saugy. “For this we need the help of each athlete’s ‘blood passport’, but we understand that such measures push the athletes to use micro-doses in blood doping. Using micro-doses considerably reduces the window when it is possible to identify the use of doping. The only thing that reassures us is that athletes are under the pressure of doping control and understand that traditional mass doping is no longer possible.”The IAAF President, Lamine Diack, for his part, said, in his speech in Berlin, that everything will be done to protect ‘honest’ athletes who achieve success due to their talent and years of hard work and sacrifice. Diack warned that doping samples are sent to storage, where they will later undergo a second screening and, where it will become possible to identify the so far, elusive, new stimulants. 4 | www.athletics-magazine.com information

information IAAF CHANGES ITS IMAGE After a detailed investigation, the IAAF decided to modernize the design of its brand. Whilst retaining the same basic structure, the new logo has become more dynamic and colorful to meet the requirements of the modern era. New brand symbols have been designed for all aspects of the Association, including the new system of competitions replacing the “Golden League” and the World Athletics Final.Development of the new brand took a year and two well recognised agencies, Whitestone and The Works, undertook the work. The perception of the brand by the public was considered during its development. Advertising companies use the brand as an important tool in their campaigns to attract attention to IAAF athletic competitions. event www.athletics-magazine.com | 5

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