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Tampere awarded Euro u23 Champs

Tampere awarded 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships

Tampere awarded 2013 Euro u23 Champs

Tampere awarded 2013 Euro u23 Champs

The European Athletics Council made the decision Monday afternoon after the Finnish city and Hengelo of the Netherlands presented their candidacies to host the 9th edition of the event.

European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz said, “We are very pleased to confirm that Tampere will be the hosts of the European Athletics U23 Championships in 2013. Athletics is an extremely popular sport in Finland and we have seen today that we can look forward to a memorable championships.”

Finnish Athletics Federation President Antti Pihlakoski said, “This is a historic day for the city of Tampere, the Finnish Athletics Federation and the country of Finland and I am very pleased that we are able to host these prestigious championships and build on the huge interest of the Helsinki 2012 European Athletics Championships.”

Tampere Deputy Mayor Perttu Pesa said, “I am very happy to receive this news and we look forward to inviting the European Athletics Family to our city.”

The event will be held at Tampere Stadium, Ratina.

Hengelo and Tampere presented outstanding bids to organise the event. Both Finland and the Netherlands were looking to host the event for a second time following Turku hosting the first-ever under-23 championships in 1997 and Amsterdam hosting the event in 2001.

The decision was made during the 126th European Athletics Council meeting in Paris, France, following the European Athletics Indoor Championships.

The 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships will take place in Ostrava, Czech Republic, through 14-17 July.