During the Beijing Olympics, Harald Edletzberger negotiated the participation of athletes in the Zagreb Meeting. [:]The first great names are Olympic Champions Primoz Kozmus (hammer throw) and Veronica Campbell-Brown, who will run 100 metres in Zagreb. Edletzberger doesn’t want to speak about others yet, not even after the meeting with the Organizers, at which he signed his contract and officially confirmed his status as the Zagreb IAAF Grand Prix Meeting Manager.
„Many athletes went home after Beijing, it remains to see who will come to Europe after the Olympic Games“, Edletzberger said.
Although the date of the Meeting is not ideal, the Manager is optimistic on the eve of his last negotiations with athletes at the Golden League in Zurich.
„I expect five Olympic Champions to come to Zagreb.“
Blanka Vlasic is not one of them, but even with the silver medal from Beijing, she will be the greatest star of the Meeting.
Besides signing the contract and meeting with the Meeting Director Velimir Basic, Edletzberger used his visit to Zagreb to inspect the Mladost Stadium.
„All IAAF requirements have been met“, Edletzberger concluded.
Besides the Meeting Director and Manager, Assistant Director Drazen Kroupa, Executive Director Zeljko Grabusic and Ante Milic, Drago Luka Ostojic and Zoran Kovacevic also attended the meeting at the Zagreb Sports Association.
Preparation works for 9 September are in full swing. The Antunovic Hotel has been confirmed as the official hotel and participants will also be accommodated at Hotels Westin and Laguna. The Zagreb Holding will provide official transport and logistics support.