(VIDEO) HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Inaugurates the New IAAF Headquarters.

On Monday, May 11, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco inaugurated the new International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) along the Quai Antoine 1er on Port Hercule.

In a press release IAAF President, Mr. Lamine Diack, noted that the new headquarters is an:

“…especially proud moment for the IAAF to move into a specifically designed office space on the quay of Monaco’s world famous port.  On behalf of the IAAF Council and all the staff, I would like to thank Prince Albert and the Principality of Monaco for providing us with this stunning location. Ever since our association’s move to Monaco in 1994 we have greatly appreciated the warmth of your welcome and hospitality.  The IAAF feels very much at home in Monaco and looks forward to enjoying many more productive years in residence in the heart of the capital of world athletics.”

Meanwhile, the sovereign prince was also proud of the IAAF and their new building noting:

“…Monaco has been the home of world athletics ever since my father Prince Rainier III warmly welcomed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to the Principality in 1994.  Since the beginning, Monaco has embraced athletics with our annual meeting Herculis evolving in the IAAF’s competition calendar from Grand Prix to Super Grand Prix status – in 2004 and 2005 hosting the World Athletics Final – to being a member of the IAAF Diamond League series, today’s premier invitational circuit of athletics.

As Honorary President of the International Athletics Foundation, President of the Monegasque Athletics Federation and as an IOC member, I am especially pleased that the Olympics’ number one sport has flourished during its time in Monaco. I fervently hope that newly housed in these impressive offices the long standing relationship between Monaco and the IAAF will continue to prosper.”