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European Athletics Council decisions from Sofia summit
The European Athletics Council, led by President Hansjörg Wirz, met in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 4-6 May 2012, with a number of decisions made during the 132nd summit.
The 33rd European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2015 were awarded to Prague, Czech Republic. The championships will be held 6-8 March.
The European Mountain Running Championships were awarded to Borovets, Bulgaria. The 11th edition of the championships will be held on 6 July.
European Athletics’ ongoing sustainability drive will be spearheaded by its “Green Inspiration” brand concept, approved by the Council, which will be used to drive campaigns that inspire and recognise efforts contributing to the sustainability of events.
Pilot projects will be planned in co-operation with the Local Organising Committees of major European Athletics events in 2013. The project will then be rolled out in 2014.
UNESCO-European Athletics Young Leaders Forum
European Athletics and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are teaming up again to develop tomorrow’s sport and community leaders by organising a Young Leaders Forum from 25-28 June in conjunction with the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki.
Representatives between the ages of 18 and 26 have been invited from each of European Athletics' 50 Member Federations to take part in the Forum, where they will share their ideas for developing the sport and their local communities through clubs, schools and events.
The final report of the European Athletics Youth Strategy Group was presented to the Council. The recommendations included a restructuring of the calendar to ensure that young athletes at youth, junior and under-23 level have the possibility of competing at the highest level of competition in a balanced and regular way (either at Olympic, world and European level), with consistent communication with a younger audience, and school and youth initiatives also recommended.
Discussions on recently proposed European multi-sport events focused on the impact of such events, and a set of criteria was presented on which European Athletics’ future discussions will be based. Any European multi-sports event must create for athletics important additional awareness and values, an increased image as well as an important higher economical effect, must fit into the international calendar of athletics, the control of the competition and activities must be secured by European Athletics, and additional television exposure and audience is also a condition, among other criteria.
A bidding indicators document for European Athletics’ main events, which includes the key requirements that bidding cities need to follow in order to present eligible candidatures for European Athletics’ top events, was approved by the Council as part of its long-term planning strategy. Further event bidding information can be found here.
The allocation of the 2012-2013 Cross Country Permit Meetings was approved. The circuit is composed of nine meetings staged in seven different countries from 27 October 2012 to 27 January 2013. Detailed information about the calendar, contacts and programme of events will soon be displayed on the European Athletics website.
A “Team Europe” for the BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross Country in 5 January 2013 is to be selected after the Budapest 2012 SPAR European Cross Country Championships in December.
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