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20.08.2013

Moscow 2013 is over, ISTAF is just around the corner:
Germany

Berlin - The 72nd International Stadium Festival on the 1st of September 2013 will for some athletes be the revenge for the IAAF World Championships 2013. All four German world champions of Moscow will compete in the Berlin against their international competitors. After Raphael Holzdeppe (pole vault), Robert Harting (Discus) and David Storl (shot put) also javelin thrower Christina Obergföll, who won won gold on the last competition day, agreed to participate.

Not only the world champions but all German medal winners will compete at  the most traditional athletics meeting  in the world: Michael Schrader (Silver), shot putter Christina Schwanitz (Silver) and pole vaulter Björn Otto (Bronze). For Christina Schwanitz the women shot put had been taken into the program after her surprising success. That has of course consequences for the organization.

The shot put ring will be moved from the east to the west curve, so that the athletes will not collide with the pole vaulters.

After the commitment of all German medal winners of Moscow, the managers are now working on the international field. Among the 200 athletes in 16 disciplines will again be the strongest in the world. Christina Schwanitz for example, will meet again with the four-time world champion and Olympic champion Valerie Adams (New Zealand).

ISTAF CEO Martin Seeber, "The IAAF World Championships of Moscow were from a sporting point of view a great advertisement for athletics and the ISTAF. We are very pleased to present all German medal winners and many top athletes to our audience. "

So far, 45,000 tickets were sold for the 72nd International Stadium Festival . Prices start from 9,00 € for seats in the upper ring. Seats offering the best view at the level of the finish line sell for 39.00€. All offers are available under www.istaf.de, via hotline 030/20 60 70 88 99 * or at all CTS ticket agencies.

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14.08.2013

ISTAF responds to the German athletes successes in Moscow: Shot Put Women new in program!

Berlin - A promise is a promise! The organizers of the 72nd International Stadium Festival announced before the IAAF World Championships 2013 that they will present all German medalist and as many world champions as possible at the ISTAF on the 1st of September 2013. After Christina Schwanitz's surprising silver medal on the 12th of August, the women's shot put will be added to the program on short-notice. Even world champion Valerie Adams from New Zealand has already confirmed her participation.

Christina Schwanitz achieved a personal best in her last attempt with 20.41m and had only been defeated by the two-time Olympic medalist Adams. All five German medal winners will sure be competing at the ISTAF. The pole vaulters Raphael Holzdeppe (Gold) and Björn Otto (Bronze) had confirmed their participation in the long term as well as discus-giant Robert Harting (Gold). Decathlete Michael Schrader (Silver) will attend the ISTAF as a guest.

ISTAF Managing Director Martin Seeber, „The success story of the ISTAF consists of the same ingredients for over 90 years now: The best German athletes compete against the best in the world. Our audience wants to see high-class sports and top athletes in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. We can guarantee that again this year."

So far, 44,000 tickets have been sold for the 72nd International Stadium Festival 2013. As last year, there are five price levels, starting at EUR 9.00 for seats in the Upper Tier and ending at EUR 39.00 for the best seats in the Lower Tier at the finishing line. In between, there are Price Level 4 for EUR 14.00 (Lower Tier Curve), Level 3 for EUR 19.00 (Lower Tier Back Straight), and Level 2 (at the 100 meters start) for EUR 29.00.

Tickets are available at www.istaf.de, the hotline 030/20 60 70 88 99 * and at all CTS ticket agencies.

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15.07.2013

World Premiere at the ISTAF: Olympic and Paralympic
champion will both compete in the discus competition

This friendship is really worth gold! Olympic champion Robert Harting and Paralympics champion Sebastian Dietz are the best discus throwers in the world. They both won gold in London last year and they both want to be world champion this year. And both want to rock the International Stadium Festival on September 1th at the Berlin Olympic Stadium! In order to reach their goals, they now practiced together at the Sports Centre Kienbaum.

That has never happened before in the 92-years of ISTAF: Paralympics champion Sebastian Dietz will be the first athlete with a handicap competing in an official competition of non-disabled athletes. For Sebastian Dietz, who has been paralyzed since a car crash, a dream now comes true: "I am really happy that I, as a disabled athlete, can throw in front of such an audience and in such a starting field. Having Robert around for practice, giving me useful advice makes it even better.” For 90 minutes, the athletes threw discuses and poles over and over again. During retraction they put their heads together and consulted.

ISTAF organizer Martin Seeber: "By inviting Sebastian Dietz we want to make a clear statement for inclusion in sport. With a discipline for athletes with disabilities ISTAF has always be near that subject. But we want to go further. At the ISTAF, athletes with disabilities should have the same opportunities as non-disabled ones, so they can also compete with the world's elite in their discipline. "

And not only Robert Harting, but also his success coach Werner Goldmann gave Sebastian Dietz valuable advice in training. Leading to throws almost up to the 40-meter mark - landing at 39.72. In an official competition, that would have been a new world record in Sebastian starting class!

That gives us hope for the ISTAF! Tickets near the discus ring start from 9,00 €. Book  your tickets now in the „Tickets section" and watch the world premiere in the discus throw up close!

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01.07.2013

New at the 72nd. ISTAF: DKMS debuts as charity partner
and Paralympics victor challenges Olympic champions!

Berlin – The Berlin International Stadium Festival (ISTAF) will be taking off for its 72nd. round on 1 September 2013, featuring a tried and tested concept, old and new sponsors, the charity partner DKMS, and an hour's "delay". The delay will be due to altered TV times: this time the ZDF will be airing its coverage between 4.30 and 6.00 p.m. live from the Berlin Olympic Stadium. In past years the programme ended at 5.00 p.m. 

During the five-hour event once again spectators at the Olympic Stadium and viewers at home will be able to see 200 of the best light athletes in the world. At least 16 field events are planned. As in the past, so this year too, the organisers have a clear intention: to respond to the results at the greatest sporting event of the year. Two weeks before the ISTF, the IAFF Light Athletics World Championship will reach its finish in Moscow. The aim once again is to showcase all the German medal winners, and as many world champions as possible, in Berlin.   

So while most of the field events are not yet fixed, we shall certainly be seeing the German superstars from the London Olympics again. Olympic champion Robert Harting intends once more to defend his Berlin patch against all international competition in the discus event, and the world-class pole vaulters around Björn Otto (Silver in London) und Raphael Holzdeppe (Bronze) will likewise be pitting themselves against the best of their fellow performers in the world. David Storl, world champion and silver-medal shot-put winner in London, is expected to be present at what will probably be the last contest of his friend and mentor Ralf Bartels, as will many other world-class shot-putters.

 

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05.06.2013

New at the 72nd. ISTAF: DKMS debuts as charity partner
and Paralympics victor challenges Olympic champions!

Berlin – The Berlin International Stadium Festival (ISTAF) will be taking off for its 72nd. round on 1 September 2013, featuring a tried and tested concept, old and new sponsors, the charity partner DKMS, and an hour's "delay". The delay will be due to altered TV times: this time the ZDF will be airing its coverage between 4.30 and 6.00 p.m. live from the Berlin Olympic Stadium. In past years the programme ended at 5.00 p.m. 

During the five-hour event once again spectators at the Olympic Stadium and viewers at home will be able to see 200 of the best light athletes in the world. At least 16 field events are planned. As in the past, so this year too, the organisers have a clear intention: to respond to the results at the greatest sporting event of the year. Two weeks before the ISTF, the IAFF Light Athletics World Championship will reach its finish in Moscow. The aim once again is to showcase all the German medal winners, and as many world champions as possible, in Berlin.   

So while most of the field events are not yet fixed, we shall certainly be seeing the German superstars from the London Olympics again. Olympic champion Robert Harting intends once more to defend his Berlin patch against all international competition in the discus event, and the world-class pole vaulters around Björn Otto (Silver in London) und Raphael Holzdeppe (Bronze) will likewise be pitting themselves against the best of their fellow performers in the world. David Storl, world champion and silver-medal shot-put winner in London, is expected to be present at what will probably be the last contest of his friend and mentor Ralf Bartels, as will many other world-class shot-putters.

With the engagement of Paralympics champion Sebastian Dietz, the ISTAF organisers have fulfilled a dream – and a promise – for the partially disabled discus thrower. Immediately after Dietz had won the gold medal for Germany in London, Meeting Director Gerhard Janetzky assured him a starting place at the ISTF. On 1 September he will actually be taking part on the field with the greatest stars of his sport. With Olympic champion Robert Harting to the fore, who in Moscow two weeks before the ISTAF has set his sights on becoming world champion for three times in a row.

Most important sponsors: the Berlin Casino and the State of Berlin

ISTAF has successfully gained new sponsors, in the shape of the Berlin Lottery and the retailer Möbel Kraft. Among other activities, this furniture company will be showcasing the Robert Harting fan block directly on the quoit. Likewise making their debut among ISTF supporters are the health insurer IKK Classic, which will be presenting the shot-put contest, and Laserline, partnering as the official printer. Martin Seeber, managing director of the ISTAF marketing company TPO Sportevents, says: "We are very grateful to all sponsors and partners, particularly to the Berlin Casino and the State of Berlin, represented by the Senator for Sport. Without the support of these two institutions, there would be no ISTAF. But other partners too, such as Nike, AOK, Volkswagen and the Berlin Fair & Exhibition Centre, all make the ISTAF what it is."

As last year, Germany's biggest and highest-earning casino will also be supporting the ISTAF in 2013. "Last year was the first time I was there and I was enormously impressed by the atmosphere and the sporting achievements", says Dr. Franz Wohlfahrt, chairman of the board of Nocomatic AG, majority shareholder in the casino. "That is why, even during the 2012 event, I agreed with the managing director of the casino, Günter Münstermann, that we should continue our collaboration in 2013. More than a quarter of a million Euros flow annually to sport out of the income from gaming – to the Füchse Berlin, the First FC Union, BR Volleys, Champions Gala, high-jumper Patrick Hausding, to name but a few. "Promotion of sport, along with many other social causes which we support, forms a part of our social responsibility", says Münstermann. "I have been a friend of light athletics for many years and am particularly glad that Robert Harting, whom we have supported for years, will be there again. I wish the ISTAF 2003 may enjoy high-quality competitions, good weather, and a full stadium.

ISTAF & DKMS – Collaboration by record holders

The ISTAF will be showcasing a new charity partner, in the shape of the German Bone Marrow Donors' Centre DKMS. This collaboration has also been brought about by the Berlin Casino, which is assigning its advertising space free of charge to the DKMS during the children's races in the warm-up programme. Under Section 14 of the Advertising Guidelines, gambling enterprises are prohibited from advertising in the stadium when children or young people are performing. So during the warm-up the DKMS logo will be seen in place of the Casino logo on all advertising displays and the athletes' starting numbers.

The German Bone Marrow Donors' Centre (DKMS) is looking forward to its collaboration, under its slogan "Higher, faster, further." The aim of this collaboration will be to draw the attention of interested persons to the subject of leukaemia and stem-cell donorship and to get them to join the DKMS in registration campaigns on the day of the ISTAF. For the world's biggest donor centre it is important to gain strongly supportive partners in the fight against leukaemia – a subject which affects everyone. Olympic champion Robert Harting had himself tested and typed today and thus is now one of 3.5 million registered donors.

ZDF to transmit live from 4.30 p.m., world-wide TV transmission from 4.00 p.m.

As mentioned at the start, the ZDF will be transmitting live from the Berlin Olympic Stadium, beginning at 4.30 p.m. The international programme will begin half an hour earlier, broadcasting to 160 countries. The TV transmission will end at 6.00 p.m.

Tickets from EUR 9.00, family ticket for four persons to cost EUR 25.00

This year, too, numerous joint ticketing ventures and attractive special offers have been designed to break the sound barrier for the biggest one-day meeting in the world – 50,00 plus X spectators. No comparable light-athletics event in the world has so many visitors. Martin Seeber from the marketing company TPO Sportevents says, "We have already sold 20 per cent more tickets than at the same time last year. That is making us cautiously optimistic than we can reach the 55,000 visitor mark. The successes gained by German athletes, the great atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium, a super programme for the whole family at affordable prices – that's what people want to see."

Advance sales for the 72nd. ISTAF have been underway since November 2012. As last year, there are five price levels, starting at EUR 9.00 for seats in the Upper Tier, and ending at EUR 39.00 for the best seats in the Lower Tier at the finishing line. In between, there are Price Level 4 for EUR 14.00 (Lower Tier Curve), Level 3 for EUR 19.00 (Lower Tier Back Straight), and Level 2 (at the 100 metre start) for EUR 29.00. The family or group ticket is particularly popular, offering four persons seats in the Upper Tier, and costing only EUR 25.00 – i.e. EUR 6.25 per person.

Customers of Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) even have completely free entrance if they use their DKB Visa Card. They just need to show their credit card at the box office and will immediately receive a free ticket for the Upper Tier.

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