Big European countries will take part at the European U23 Championships in Tampere July 10 - 14 with very big teams. The non competing European Athletes member federations are Albania, Andorra, Gibraltar and Monaco.
According to the premilinary entries Germany will send the biggest delagation: totally 117 members including the team leading and coaching staff. There will be propably some 90 athletes in Germany´s team. Russia has entered a delagation of 101, Poland 83, France 80 and Great Britain & Northern Ireland 70 members. The total amount of athletes in the premilinary entries is 1037 - 566 male and 471 female from 46 countries.
The home team of Finland will consist of 40 - 45 athletes plus leaders and coaches. - Finnish Athletics Federation will not use the possibillity of the hosting federation to use any lower entry standards of our own. Those Finnish athletes who want to compete in Tampere will have to break the EA´s entry standards. These champioships will have a very high quality, and we hope that the high entry standards are only motivating our athletes more, says Jorma Kemppainen, the head coach of the Finnish Athletics Federation.
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July 2013 is coming closer day by day. It means that working for the European Athletichs U23 Championships in Tampere is gathering speed, too.
What it comes to the venues and facitilities in Tampere, the Championships could be held as soon as the snow smelts in the spring. Elsewhere there will be a lots of things to be done, but the Local Organizing Committee and the people of the hosting club Tampereen Pyrintö are ready for that.
The City of Tampere has given it´s strong support for previous international sports championships and other competitions in Tampere, and so it does again.
- The Tampere Stadium, best known as Ratina, has been almost totally renovated during the last ten years. The next step will be replacing it´s sound reproduction system with a new one in 2012, and also getting a big video screen will be under discussion in the near future, says Pekka P. Paavola, the Sports Services Manager of the City of Tampere.
This is Ringo the Rabbit, the very, very official mascot of Tampereen Pyrintö´s U23 athletes.
You can find Ringo on the sports club Tampereen Pyrintö´s home website www.tampereenpyrinto.fi and in the competitions next summer!
You will propably meet Ringo for example at the Pispala stairs, Ratina Stadium or the forest of Kauppi Sports Park. This multibreed-based hare spends it´s days by jumping, running and throwing cones. Ringo likes to leave it´s home hole in the Pispala height for free running. The blocks of Amuri are splended places for that purpose.
Ringo likes carrots and goes very fast - and it wants to show it at the races. Ringo´s favourite drink is, of course, carrot juice and the favourite food is feta cheese with all extras.
Ringo is designed by Elisa Hakamäki, who is known as Pyrintö´s own hurdler and sprinter.
European Athletics has awarded the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships to Tampere. The decision was made during the 126th European Athletics Council meeting in Paris, France, following the European Athletics Indoor Championships in March 2011. The decision was made after Tampere and Hengelo of the Netherlands presented their candidacies to host the 9th edition of the event.