Berlin - Athletics' world governing body has
condemned the twin bombings at the Boston Marathon, describing them as
"a mindless attack" that struck at the heart of human achievement and
The International Association of Athletics
Associations (IAAF) said it was "shocked and appalled" at Monday's
blasts, which left at least three people dead and injured more than 100.
president Lamine Diack extended the organisation's sympathy and
condolences to the families of those killed and injured in a statement
issued late on Monday.
"This ghastly and cowardly attack strikes
at the very core of the freest of human activities. Whether as a fun
runner or elite competitor, road running exemplifies the honesty of
basic human movement, strength and resilience," he added.
stand firm with the race organisers of the Boston Marathon, an IAAF Gold
Label Race and the oldest marathon in existence, the Association of
International Marathons and Distance Races and the people of Boston at
this time of tragedy and condemn this mindless attack."
added: "What makes this incident so vile and its planning so
incomprehensible is that marathons the world over are about selfless
acts of human generosity.
"Millions of dollars are raised for
charity every year by participants in road races. The events themselves
are administered by thousands of volunteers who freely give their time
to operate everything from baggage trucks to water stations to finish
"The streets are lined with countless millions of
spectators who selflessly simply wish to applaud, encourage and embrace
the best of human endeavour.
"There can be no excuse, no cause which can justify these explosions in Boston which so sicken us all."