The INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe has seen numerous Olympic champions, World and European champions as well as medallists of international championships in its 38-year history. Now another highlight is being added, because with the pole vault world record holder both outdoors and indoors, Armand Duplantis, "the high-flyer" of the pole vault scene has confirmed his start at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 28th January 2022. "I am really looking forward to Karlsruhe and the meeting. The indoor season is very important for me, also in terms of preparation for the summer," said Duplantis during a press conference virtually connected from the USA. "I have never been to Karlsruhe before, but I have already heard about this great meeting from many of my colleagues. If nobody has jumped the 6 metres in Karlsruhe so far, it's about time. And I want to be that person," Duplantis continued. Duplantis has proven that he is already one of the best in his field at his young age. 2020 was arguably the year of Duplantis' career. At the beginning of February, he increased his personal indoor best to 6.00 metres. Only four days later, this was already history. At the World Indoor Tour in Torun, Poland, he broke Renaud Lavillenie's seven-year-old world record with a leap of 6.17 metres. On 15th February in Glasgow, he even improved his own world record to 6.18 metres. And the outdoor world record was not far behind. Sergei Bubka's record had stood for 26 years, and Duplanti's name has been at the top of the list since 17th September, when he cleared 6.15 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Rome.
Strong German line-up with Zernikel, Lita Baehre and Blech
He is joined by Oleg Zernikel, Bo Kanda Lita Baehre and Torben Blech on the podium of the German Indoor Championships 2021 and thus a very strong German line-up at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe 2022.
Limited number of tickets on sale as of Wednesday
Originally, advance ticket sales for the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe were to start on St. Nicholas Day. Around 3,000 tickets were supposed to go on sale then. Due to the new Corona regulation of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which came into force last Saturday, 750 visitors are allowed as of today. "We are doing our best to offer the athletes a great competition atmosphere even with a limited number of spectators," says Martin Wacker, Meeting Director and Managing Director of the organising Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH. "We have to act sensibly and submit to the restrictions of the pandemic. However, we are hoping for changes so that we can add more contingents, depending on how the situation develops," Wacker continues. With around 250 of the 750 tickets reserved for trusted partners and sponsors, a total of 500 tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, 8th December from 8:00 AM. These will be available online via Ticketmaster. Tickets in the seating category cost 39.50 euros, reduced 29.50 euros. In addition, standing room will also be available in the exhibition hall for the first time, at a price of 19.50 euros. Tickets are also available in the Karlsruhe shop window at the Tourist Information Office (Kaiserstraße 72-74, 76133 Karlsruhe) and at all known advance booking offices.