IAAF makes donation to Japan for disaster relief
Monday, August 29, 2011
DAEGU, South Korea (AP) -- The IAAF has donated $250,000 to Japan to assist the country in rebuilding from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
The IAAF says President Lamine Diack presented Japan Athletics Association President Yohei Kono with a check Monday.
Diack was in Tokyo only a few days after the disaster and says he was moved by the resilience of the Japanese people.
Diack says "what I saw was a lesson for us all, to see a country which had been through such a disaster, continue to live and determinedly get on with daily life. I was so moved that when I returned I was determined that the IAAF should contribute some help to Japan."
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami left 23,000 people dead or missing.