“This sporty and friendly bear fits to Berlin and to the World Championships. He will successfully present the world’s biggest sports event of this year,” said Klaus Wowereit. “This mascot will make people look forward to the World Championships even more. I am sure that athletics fans will like the mascot,” added Clemens Prokop, President of the German Athletics Federation DLV.By presenting the mascot organisers also started a public search for the name of the bear. Any suggestions are welcome and can be put forward on the web page of the local organising committee at: www.berlin2009.org.
NOTE: The IAAF contributed to this report.