Project Water Education – goal set on waste reduction #drinktapwater

Bottled water used in major events, especially sports events often produce a large amount of waste. Tap water in Finland is completely safe to drink, which is why it is our responsibility to provide a better and more sustainable option to water bottles – let the project Water Education begin!

Project Water Education in a nutshell

One of the main goals of the IAAF world U20 Championships is to reduce waste production. A huge step towards this goal is to use refillable water bottles and quality tap water. Instead of handing out new water bottles each time, athletes and volunteers are provided with refillable durable water bottles, which can be filled with fresh tap water. This way the bottles can be reused throughout the event and long after. The bottle also serves as a nice memento for the athletes.

To ensure fresh drinking water during the event at both competition areas, as well as training facilities, water from the local water supplier Tampereen Vesi is provided to where it normally is not available. To many visitors it might feel like a strange idea to fill a bottle with tap water – Yet, Finnish tap water is completely safe to enjoy and a pleasure to drink.


Restaurant Day and responsibility

During the worldwide food carnival Restaurant Day, held on the third Saturday of May, 19.5, the marketing team of the World Championships launched the project Water Education by setting up a water station in the Koskipuisto -park in Tampere. The first 200 visitors were given fresh drinking water from Tampereen Vesi in reusable water bottles. The project gained extremely positive feedback, along with popularity due to the conscious environmental choice. The importance of environmental responsibility is ever growing and even small changes and decisions move towards more sustainable actions.


Tampere U20 World Championships encourage each and every one to join the project Water Education – let’s reduce waste together by drinking tap water! #drinktapwater

Championships school project is presenting participating countries

Local school’s students participate in World Championships preparations by drawing and writing compact presentation cards of our attendee countries. There will be great works!

You are able to browse these creations in the city centre of Tampere during July while the championships. Location of the presentation cards will be told later, so stay tuned!

Finland enters final lap in preparations for Tampere championships

With 50 days to go until the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018, the host nation and its athletes are adding the finishing touches to their preparations for the event on 10-15 July.

It will be the first time a Scandinavian city has hosted a global age-group athletics championships and it looks set to be one of the biggest yet. With the deadline for preliminary entries having now closed, 1718 athletes from 171 teams have signalled their interest in competing in Tampere.

Those numbers can be expected to fall slightly by the time the final entry period closes, but they may not be too far off the record entry figure of 1566 athletes from the 2012 edition in Barcelona.

The local organising committee is ready to welcome the world to Tampere and has this week published the official bulletin for the event.

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The bulletin includes various pieces of information and updates for the championships, including the LOC’s recent announcement that they plan to supply just tap water to the teams instead of bottled water. Finland’s tap water is among the highest quality in the world and has been found to be significantly cleaner than bottled water.

Finland’s leading U20 athletes, meanwhile, expressed their heightened anticipation for the championships at a recent press conference.

“I’m very excited,” said sprinter Samuel Purola. “It’s such an amazing experience to run in a world championships in front of my home audience.”

From 28 June until 1 July, numerous cities around Finland will be hosting athletics carnivals to whet the appetite of the country’s athletes and fans ahead of the World U20 Championships.

“With 49 Olympic track and field champions to date from a population of only five million, Finland punches above its athletics weight and is arguably the modern spiritual home of athletics,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

“Finland was one of the 17 founding members of the IAAF in 1912 and has since developed a world-renowned reputation for successfully hosting major athletics events, including one Olympic Games, two World Championships and three European Championships.

“The combination of an unrivalled national athletics culture, vast hosting experience and an athletics-loving city will ensure that the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 this July will be an athletics meeting to savour.”


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Finnish junior athletes can´t wait for the competition to start

-I´m very excited. It´s such an amazing experience to run in the world championships in front of my home audience, says sprinter Samuel Purola. All the athletes present at the World U20 Championships briefing event in Tampere share these feelings.

Purola, together with around twenty other athletes aiming for the U20 championships in July participated in the briefing event in Tampere. The focus of the briefing was on practical matters as well as getting ready for the competition.

-What a great feeling it must be to compete in front of my home audience. I get my energy from it, pole-vaulter Saga Andersson agrees with Purola.

Purola and Andersson as well as hurdler Viivi Lehikoinen are all athletes who qualify for the European championships for adults next summer. Thus, the competition in July is the most important one for Lehikoinen this season.

-I am more excited about the junior championships. With adults it´s more about gaining experience, whereas junior competitions have different goals and people you know around you. In junior competitions you can meet with your friends from abroad and the competition is more equal, says Lehikoinen


Purola: I don´t set goals for myself

After a great indoor season Purola has continued with his training with success and is very motivated. He is also set to succeed in the world championships in July.

-After the indoor season I have trained my basic condition. Now the training is less intensive. I am joining a training camp in Tenerife on Saturday. It´s my first training camp in the southern Europe this far. I am very intrigued, says Purola.

Last summer Purola ran 100 and 200 metres 10,31 and 20,84. He took home a medal from both performances at the U20 European championships. The young runner is careful about what to expect from this summer, yet he finds himself to be a possible threat to Tommi Hartonen´s 100 metre Finnish Championship record of 10,21.

-I don´t set myself any limits. If I am fully honest, I´m not sure either what my condition will be like in the summer. Competitions in the beginning of the summer will show what my performances in July could look like. I´ve improved myself during training quite a lot and could break my own records, Purola thinks.

Purola has followed his father and trainer Mika Purola´s good advice within a successful training program.

-When you have a good program it´s useless to change it. Now that in the past few weeks the training hasn´t been as intensive my condition has rocketed.

Andersson: Time for new poles

Andersson won the Finnish championship in Hesinki during the indoor season by jumping 440. After that training has been efficient with visible results. Andersson is approaching the summer with top condition, which calls for new poles for the new season.

– Training this spring has gone great. I have acquired more strength and speed. My jump technique has improved the most. The goal is to jump with 16 steps instead of 14 this summer, Andersson says.

– The current poles are sufficient for training but during the Finnish championships I jumped with the stiffest pole I had, which means new ones are necessary this summer. Even the grip height has risen 5-10 cm with a slow pace. I feel the jump has better continuation and rhythm with a higher grip.


Lehikoinen: Improvement in running and technique

Also Lehikoinen has had a positive direction in his training. During the indoor season she focused on training and on finishing her upper secondary school final examination. She attended less competitions to not burden herself too much with too many responsibilities.

The plan worked. She finished her final exams successfully and now she can focus on a more efficient training to get ready for the competition season.

-I am joining a training camp in a week. Since the training there is more intensive, I will gain more confidence for the competition. 400 metre hurdling requires competitions and training to get results, Lehikoinen explains

-I´m not so sure about my own condition. All has gone well during practice and my running and technique have improved.


Väänänen: Goal set on a medal

Hammer thrower Kiira Väänänen is not shy to admit that she is set on getting a medal at the world championships in Tampere. Along with Purola and Lehikoinen, Väänänen has already collected some metal for her trophy closet from junior championships. Two years ago she gained third place at the U18 European championships.

-I am aiming for the podium. I don’t want to go into a competition thinking I would settle for eight place. I know that if I do well, I have a chance to get a medal, says Väänänen.

Getting a medal at the junior World championships is one goal, but Väänänen is also aiming for other merits.

-Since I was a little girl I´ve dreamt of throwing over 70 metres. With a 3kg hammer it was not possible but with a 4kg one I´ll make it, Väänänen announces.

Kiira Väänänen

Tap water is safe to drink in Finland

Part of the event eco plan we only supply tap water to the teams instead of bottled water.

Finland’s tap water is among the highest quality in the world and is not only completely safe but a pleasure to drink. In Finland tap water has been found to be significantly cleaner than bottled water. A research by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has shown that bottled water may have up to 100 times more microbes than tap water. Tap water fulfills both Finnish and the European Union requirements and recommendations for the quality of drinking water (Decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health).

Drinking water supply in Tampere is provided by Tampere Water, the municipal enterprise for water services. Most of the raw water is surface water from two lakes (Lake Roine and Lake Näsijärvi) and it is thoroughly treated before distribution. About one third of the tap water is groundwater, which is treated and pumped at multiple groundwater intakes. Groundwater is formed from rainwater by natural filtration through sand and gravel layers of the eskers (ridges) in Tampere and its neighbourhood.

The microbiological quality of all water (both surface water and groundwater)  is ensured by disinfection with chlorine or sodium hypochlorite before pumping to the distribution network. Municipal health authorities and Tampere Water monitor water quality frequently.

Tampere Water celebrates its 120th anniversary (1898 – 2018). Tampere Water provides each participant of the IAAF World U20 Championships with an empty water bottle, which can be filled and refilled straight from the tap.

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Athletics Carnivals – Competitions before Champs in Finland

Your Team has the opportunity to compete before World  U20 Championships in Finland at Athletics Carnivals on 28th June – 1st  July 2018. Every year about 3000 athletes arrives for Carnivals to participate in top class venues.

The venues are located in different cities or in the neighborhood of them around in Finland. Each event has their own carnivals.


Carnivals / Location

Sprints and hurdles / Jämsänkoski  (near the city of Jyväskylä)

* 28th June: M/M U20: 110m H, 400m H , W/ W U20 : 100m H, 400m H

* 1st July: M/M U20 / W/ W U20 : 100m, 200m, 400m

* contact: Markku Suomalainen , +358 40 506 6921


Long Distance, Long Jump, Triple Jump, R.Walk / Jämsä (near Jyväskylä)

* 28th June: M/W  800m, 1000m R.Walk , 3000 R.Walk   M U20 / W U20 : 800m, 3000m, Long Jump, Triple Jump

* 30th June: M/W 1500m, 5000m, 10 000m, 3000m st, Long Jump, Triple Jump, 10 000m R.Walk /5000m R.Walk M U20 / W U20 : 1500m, 5000m R.Walk

* contact: Marja Pekkarinen , +358 400 294 253


High Jump / Virrat  (near the city of Tampere)

* 28th June: M U20 / W U20 : High Jump

* 30th June: M/W: High Jump

* contact:  Hanna-Leena Haavisto  , +358 44 073 7761


Pole Vault / Somero  (near the city of Turku and Helsinki)

* 28th June: M/W/ M U20 / W U20 : Pole Vault

* 30th June: M/W: Pole Vault

* 1st July: M/W: Pole Vault

* contact:  Veera Hälli, +358 44 779 1264


Discus, Shot Put / Kokemäki (near the city of  Pori)

* 28th June: M U20 / W U20 : Discus, Shot Put

* 30th June: M/W: Discus, Shot Put

* contact:  Paula Järvi , +358 040 7583 831


Javelin / Pihtipudas  (near the city of  Jyväskylä)

* 28th June: M U20 / W U20 : Javelin

* 1st July: M/W: Javelin

* contact: Kimmo Kinnunen, +358 50 598 8992


Hammer / Kaustinen  (near the cities of Seinäjoki and Kokkola)     

* 28th June: M U20 / W U20 : Hammer

* 30th June: M/W: Hammer

* contact: Kalle Lehmusvuori   +358 44 555 0146

Team hotel information

Tampere offers high quality accommodation for the teams. Almost all the hotels are located within the walking distance from the Stadium and farthest distance approximately 2 kilometers.


Varala Sport Institution
Hotel website.

Varala Sport Institution: The oldest Sport Institution in Finland, contributor of physical education and wellness. In Varala you will come to live in the middle of nature.


Solo Sokos Hotel Torni
Hotel website

The hotel is located in the heart of Tampere next to the railway station. Reaching a height of 88 metres, the modern hotel tower combined with the old locomotive depots provide the best possible environment to experience the enticing story of Tampere. A vantage point to see the city and the world!


Scandic Tampere Station
Hotel website

A modern and trendy city hotel right in the centre of Tampere, next to the railway station and the shopping streets. The hotel has a relaxed restaurant, a comfortable summer terrace and excellent meeting facilities.


Scandic Tampere City
Hotel website

Scandic Tampere City has a central location in the centre of Tampere. The hotel is located right across from the railway station, close to the best shopping streets. Modern rooms, a well-equipped gym and the restaurant Piazza Foodfactory to guarantee a relaxed hotel experience.


Scandic Tampere Hämeenpuisto
Hotel website

Hotel is a cosy and peaceful place for relaxing next to the Hämeenpuisto park. Our modern and spacious rooms and extensive room selection cater for all needs


Scandic Tampere Koskipuisto
Hotel website

The hotel is a cosy and quiet place to rest in the centre of Tampere. The location next to the atmospheric Tammerkoski rapids and Koskipuisto park offer the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery in a quiet environment, yet right in the city centre.


Scandic Hotel Rosendahl
Hotel website

Hotel is located beside beautiful Lake Pyynikki and and enjoys a magnificent natural.
In the summer you can enjoy the beach next door. The hotel offers extensive recreational facilities. You’ll find among other things a swimming pool, sauna, modern gym and squash court.


Holiday Inn
Hotel website

Hotel is a welcoming central Tampere hotel next to the railway station with a fitness centre. Cozy modern rooms feature pillow menus to help you get a great night’s sleep.


Lapland Hotels Tampere
Hotel website

Lapland Hotels Tampere offers you a chance to experience Lapland in the heart of a city. The 141 rooms of the centrally located hotel have been decorated with skill and style to suit the taste of even the most quality conscious guests. The design of the rooms was influenced by nature and the stories of Lapland.



Tampere Stadium is the heart of the U20 championships medal

IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere medal has been designed by local artist Jenni Laine. Tampere Stadium, the championships venue, is located right in the middle of the medal as it´s heart.

– The stadium is the beating heart of the medal, the core of the city. I also wanted other important elements of the city to the medal, which are lakes Näsi and Pyhä and the Pyynikki ridge area around the stadium, Laine clarifies.

Jenni Laine has experience in designing the medals for athletics championships also before. Her masterpiece was five years ago the Tampere U23 European Championships medal.

As a profession Laine works as a PE teacher at Varala Sports Institute and enjoys leisure time with painting, especially with oil paintings. She has a degree in art education as well as a degree in physical education.

The President of The Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö will be the ambassador of the event – 100 days to go

Tampere is feverishly preparing to welcome the worlds best young athletes to the town. IAAF World U20 Championships will be held at Tampere Stadium 10-15th of July so only 100 days. The President of The Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö will be the ambassador of the event.

Approaching of the championships is visible and shown concretely with the numerous contacts all over the world. From April to May, various countries will be coming with the delegations to see the event places says LOC General secretary Elisa Hakanen.

Ticket sales has started and all types of competition visual elements has been started to build around Tampere city area. The competition organisation is mainly ready even though volunteer recruiting will continue in the near future.

Championships venue Tampere Stadium gives great surroundings to follow the competitions by it´s compact size and location right in the center of the city. All the athletes team hotels are walking distance – or short bus ride away from the stadium and around the stadium is also Tampere’s diverse services such as restaurants and cafes, Elisa Hakanen continues.


Competition Director Oksanen: Experienced and trained competition delegation

Competition Director Pasi Oksanen leads experienced and trained competition delegation in Tampere. Competition organisation forms mostly from organizing sport club´s Tampereen Pyrintö´s own staff, so there will be very few external judges. With this kind of competition it´s quite unusual says Oksanen.

This delegation is experienced a lot together organizing many high level competitions like the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships in Tampere. This years World U20 Championships test competition for the whole LOC will be European Athletics ECCC Track and Field Senior Group B which will be staged in Tampere on 26th of May. IAAF delegates will attend this test event and follow how things are going. All the feedback will give important information about July.

Including athletes and other team members IAAF World U20 Championships are expected some 2,500 visitors from 160 countries. Team Finland will be around 30-40 athletes for whom the competition will be unique experience. Competing in front of home audience is an opportunity that does not happen to every athlete during sport´s career says Finnish U20 Team Leader ex-sprinter Hannu Hämäläinen.