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.