LONDON (GBR): Ireland tried to help reassure countries attending the Chef de Missions seminar in London that next year’s Olympics will be safe despite the riots that have swept across the country this week when Sonia O’Sullivan told the meeting that she had no doubts that the event would pass off peacefully and set a new standard for excellence. The 2000 Olympic 5,000 meters silver medallist and former world champion, who will lead Ireland’s team at London 2012 and has a house there, addressed more than 200 representatives from National Olympic Committess (NOCs) to back the capital. “The authorities will learn from the recent events and will strengthen their resolve to make London 2012 a new milestone in Olympic history – a very safe and happy time for all sports lovers. I’ve no doubt but that it will be a massive success,”she said. None of the facilities being built for the Games were targeted but the rioting did briefly erupt within less than a mile of the Olympic Park in East London. Informs insidethegames.
BERLIN (GER): German stars confirmed they will compete at ISTAF meet in Berlin on Sep 11 (IAAF World Challenge). Betty Heidler for hammer, Christina Obergfoll for javelin, Robert Harting for discus and Christian Reif for long jump.
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