ONE DIRECTION - European Athletics 2015-09-10¢  Anti-Doping Education: European Athletics Events Achieve

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  • President Svein Arne Hansen & Team Making Changes

    Council Takes Bold Early Decisions

    Green Championships and Anti-Doping Education: European Athletics Events Achieve More

    Running For All Setting New Standards

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    N E W S L E T T E R O F E U R O P E A N A T H L E T I C S


  • I WAS DETERMINED to move quickly to make an impression in my first 100 days as the President of European Athletics. I knew this would mean a lot of travel, a lot of meetings, a lot of decisions. But even I had not realised how all-consuming the role would be! I have, of course, spent a lot of time at the European Athletics Head Office in Lausanne, speaking with Director General Christian Milz and the staff, leading my first Executive Board meeting and checking progress on the new headquarters being built next to the current offices.

    One of my first trips as President was to visit SportAccord in Sochi. I was happy to support the IAAF kids’ athletics showcase and host a media roundtable while there, although I must admit I nearly turned on my heels at the airport and went straight home after hearing of all the drama unfolding at the Convention!

    I was proud to be joined by Christian in May at the TINEstafetten in my home country of Norway, where more than 100,000 runners competed in the world’s largest relay race. Christian was also with me when I met with European Olympic Committees President Patrick Hickey in Brussels at the EOC EU Office. We discussed the recently concluded European Games and the integration of our European Athletics Team Championships 3rd League. I also attended the European Evening of Sports, organised by the EOC EU Office, and met a lot of interesting people.

    As an aside, it came as a surprise that just before the Baku Games the Netherlands pulled out of hosting the Games in 2019. It is too early to say what athletics’ involvement in this new event will be in the future. We are, of course, committed to doing what is best for our sport on the continent, so we are open to discussing possibilities. We will continue to monitor the 2019 situation, and I will first discuss any involvement with our Council, but not probably until next year.

    I was invited to the Ostrava Golden Spike in May and it was good to spend time while there with Czech Athletics Federation President and Council member Libor Varhanik. I was also present at the 16th Games of the

    Small States of Europe in Reykjavik, where I met with the Icelandic Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, Illugi Gunnarsson. Next on my agenda was a trip back home to celebrate the Bislett Games’ 50th anniversary and lead my first full European Athletics Council meeting – two extremely proud moments for me.

    I was warmly welcomed in Cheboksary for my first major event as President, the European Athletics Team Championships. It was a great event organised by our Russian friends. I was happy to meet with Russia’s Minister for Sport Vitaly Mutko there to discuss the future of our sport in Russia and Europe. I was also very happy to personally say thank you to the Minister because I received a kind letter from him on my appointment as President. He was one of the very first to send me a letter of congratulations, a very important and special gesture I very much appreciated. After that, it was on to Lisbon for the renewed Internacional Santo António meeting before heading back to Norway to meet with Edith Allern, an inspirational young woman. It was then back to Lausanne for a Bidding Seminar for the 2020 European Athletics Championships and 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships.

    Now I am looking forward to the European Athletics U23 Championships and Junior Championships in Tallinn and Eskilstuna. Thanks to the local organising committees, host Member Federations, our hard-working staff, the volunteers, and everyone else involved in making these championships the best they can possibly be. I am satisfied with what we have achieved as an organisation at the beginning of my – our – journey. In my hometown of Oslo, the Council approved my plan to restructure European Athletics’ commissions to play stronger roles in the delivery of my agenda for change in the sport and my nominations of the chairpersons to lead each of the commissions. So, the framework is now in place. The work, though, has only just begun …

    Svein Arne Hansen, President of European Athletics

    Supported by the Council, President Hansen has covered a great deal of ground in his first three months.

    Hitting the ground running



    Tickets available now for European Athletics events

    INTERNATIONAL WEEK-LONG passes for the European Athletics Championships 2016 in Amsterdam are now available.

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    Amsterdam is the cultural and commercial centre of the Netherlands, but also has an impressive sporting record. Amsterdam is looking forward to welcoming Europe’s best athletes in the summer of 2016. Dutch golden girl, Dafne Schippers (pictured above) is current European sprint champion and will no doubt hope to defend her titles in 2016.

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    International visitors can buy a week- long pass for all five competition days, including the free Amsterdam City and Culture Pass now for €750. The pre-sale period for international visitors runs from April until September. General ticket sales start in September.

    Amsterdam – European Athletics Championships 2016 tickets on sale to international visitors


    European Athletics Association Européenne d’Athlétisme

    President: Svein Arne Hansen

    Vice Presidents: Dobrimir Karamarinov Frank Hensel Jean Gracia

    Director General: Christian Milz

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    The alpine beauty of Bled in Slovenia was the backdrop to the 2015 Election Congress of European Athletics where 250 delegates from 50 Member Federations elected the President, Vice Presidents and members of the Council.

    Congress elects new Council members

    Front row Pangiotis Dimakos (GRE) Gabriela Szabo (ROM) Frank Hensel (GER) Dobromir Karamarinov (BUL) Svein Arne Hansen (NOR) Jean Gracia (FRA) Christian Milz (SUI) Gregor Benčina (SLO)

    Back row Libor Varhaník (CZE) José Luis De Carlos (ESP) Sylvia Barlag (NED) Jorge Salcedo (POR) Márton István Gyulai (HUN) Antti Pihlakoski (FIN) Alfio Giomi (ITA) Toralf Nilsson (SWE) Erich Teigamägi (EST) Salih Münir Yaraş (TUR)


    COMMISSIONS ARE WHERE a lot of the work of European Athletics is done so it was no surprise that a review of the commission structure was one of the first items President Svein Arne Hansen addressed with his new Executive Board following his election in April.

    The resulting revamp was presented to the European Athletics Council which approved a new structure to drive change in the organisation. In future the commissions will play a stronger role in the delivery of the President’s agenda for change in the sport. The Council also approved his nominations of the chairpersons to lead each commi