International Association of Athletics Federations

Association Internationale des Fédérations d’Athlétisme


31 July 2005

HELSINKI - We are pleased to announce that an enhanced new IAAF website for the 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics is now open.

With a newly designed interface and in Championships’ colours, the site will continue to provide the information visitors have been accustomed to from, with the added bonus that during Helsinki 2005, visitors will be able to access live radio commentary streamed through the site from the “IAAF World Radio Project” and also to view highlights from each of the competition sessions shortly after their conclusion.

The IAAF World Radio Studios will be located in the Olympic stadium where Athletes and personalities will be interviewed with reports presented by the IAAF Radio Team, to compliment the live commentators.

Radio interviews and reports will be presented from Commentary Positions, Mixed Zone, Press Conferences, and Athletes Village with quizzes, race calls features and historic archive form previous championships. Programming will be in English with hourly Finnish News Summaries.

Programmes will be light hearted, informative and entertaining, capturing the unique atmosphere and spirit of the IAAF World Championships.

In addition, US visitors will find a link to, where they can benefit from 58 hours of live streamed coverage of the Championships for the payment of a very small fee.

Amongst the IAAF broadcasting team are a number of ex-stars including Steve Ovett, Dan O’Brien, Dwight Stones and Carol Lewis.

Prior to the start of competition, the new web: will carry comprehensive preview features and information on the teams in Helsinki and reports from the IAAF Congress, which meets for 2 days prior to the start of the Championships.

Once competition starts, there will be a wealth of information, including real-time results, event reports and flash interviews and a plethora of feature articles from IAAF and our team of international correspondents in the stadium.

Broadcast Rights have been signed covering at least 192 territories worldwide

With the support of the IAAF’s Marketing and Broadcasting Sales’ partner Dentsu, broadcasting rights agreements for the 10th edition of the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki have been signed covering no fewer than 192 territories worldwide – compared to 182 for the last edition in Paris two years ago.