Top athletics stars boycott ISTAF
German agency DPA informs that top athletics stars including Croatian high jump queen Blanka Vlasic are considering a boycott of the ISTAF in Berlin on June 14 over an appearance money controversy.
Vlasic‘s Austrian manager Harald Edletzberger told German Press Agency dpa at the Qatar Super Grand Prix that ‚there have been discussions to this effect among managers in Doha‘ on the weekend.
ISTAF meeting director Gerhard Janetzky told dpa on the weekend that talks are ongoing with athletes‘ managers and attributed the news from Doha to the tough negotiations in economically difficult times. IAAF spokesman Nick Davies told dpa that he wasn‘t aware yet of such a letter from the managers.