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IAAF President Diack Hopes to See Japan Host World Championships

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140108-00000109-jij-spo

translated by Brett Larner

Paying a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Jan. 8, IAAF president Lamine Diack expressed his hope that Japan would be the host of the 2021 World Championships.  In an interview following the pair's meeting Diack said, "I wish the best of luck for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  If possible I'd like to see Japan host the World Athletics Championships as well."  After being approached by the IAAF the JAAF looked at bidding for the 2019 World Championships but determined that facility and budgetary issues precluded it from making a bid.  The World Athletics Championships are held every two years.  Japan previously hosted the Championships in 1991 in Tokyo and 2007 in Osaka.

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Betsudai - the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
daigaku - university
ekiden - a long-distance relay race
faito - a courseside audience cheer; see ganbatte
ganbatte (ganbare) - a courseside audience cheer; see faito
gasshuku - an intensive training camp
Hakone Ekiden - the annual university men`s championships
jitsugyodan - corporate-sponsored professional running teams
onsen - a hot spring
Q-chan - Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Sydney Olympics women`s marathon gold medalist, Olympic record holder and first woman to break 2:20 in the marathon
rikujo - track and field, the marathon, and other running events
Rikuren - the JAAF
tasuki - the sash which is handed off during an ekiden
zannen - too bad
otaku - a nerdy, socially awkward person, usually male, who is obsessed with some esoteric topic

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