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World Track and Field returns to Christchurch

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World class Track and Field returns to Christchurch

Sports fans will soon have the opportunity to see many of the medal-winning Delhi Commonwealth Games track and field athletes in action in Christchurch early next year with the announcement today of a 2011 date for the International Track Meet.  The earlier date of 26th February also aligns the event with international meets in Australia and increases the possibility of enticing some of the sports elite international athletes over to compete in Christchurch.

With 8 track and field medals, the New Zealand team’s performance in Delhi was the best at a games outside this country since 1966, and ITM organisers expect that the interest generated by the successful athletes will mean that sports fans are keen to see their heroes compete in Christchurch during the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

“Most of the Delhi athletes have already competed at the International Track Meet before, and have expressed their intentions to return, along with some exciting overseas stars” said meet director Craig Motley.     “With the IPC (Parasport) World Championships also being held at QEII in January 2011, we are expecting a real surge of interest and enthusiasm for watching such amazing athletes in action here in Christchurch.”

Corporate hosting packages are on sale now, with preferential seating and general admission tickets to go on sale in December.

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