IAAF coaching conference in Hungary

Monte Carlo - An IAAF International Coaching Conference is being organized by the IAAF Accredited Training Centre (ATC) in Debrecen, Hungary, just after the World Indoor Championships in Hungary’s capital Budapest, and has attracted many of the world’s foremost coaching experts.

The aim of this conference which will be opened by IAAF President Lamine Diack, and which the organisers hope will become a regular feature on the calendar, is to exchange ideas, information and opinions about many different areas of the sport of athletics.

Athletics needs to remain at the cutting edge of new developments, not only in the field of sport science but also in terms of the image and popularity of the sport to outsiders.

For this reason, this Conference will address the concerns not only of coaches, but of athletes themselves, whose active support we need, and also those of doctors, scientists, journalists and fans.

Included in the illustrious list of lecturers are Yannick Tregaro (SWE), Martin Marx (RSA), Evgeny Trofimov (RUS), Frank Attoh (GBR), and Wolde Meskal Costre, who will address the preparation, development and coaching theories concerning such stars as Kajsa Bergqvist (SWE), Christian Olsson (SWE), Hestrie Cloete (RSA), Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS), Yamile Aldama (SUD) and Haile Gebrselassie (ETH).

More generally the role and responsibilities of athlete managers will be tackled by Kenth Andersson (SWE) and Jos Hermens (NED), while the general coaching dynamics of the Steeplechase discipline will be lectured on by 1976 Olympic champion Anders Gärderud (SWE).

Medical and food supplement advice will be given by Dr. Károly Pikó (HUN), IAAF Medical Commission member, and EAA Vice President Ágoston Schulek (HUN) will speak on the new challenges faced by the IAAF, EAA and Member Federations with respect to the development of the sport.

IAAF International Coaching Conference

8 – 9 March 2004

Hotel Termal

Debrecen, Hungary

For more information go direct to the special conference page of Debrecen ATC internet - www.dbsportcentrum.hu/angol/edzoikonferenciauk.htm