STAKEHOLDERS LOOK FORWARD TO SUCCESSFUL 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Wednesday 20 December 2017
Image credit: Volker Minkus/UEG
Throughout 2017, many of the stakeholders of the 2018 European Championships have been vocal in their support of the inaugural multisport event that will take place in Glasgow and Berlin on 2-12 August next year. Here’s a summary of the main editorials and key quotes during this year provided by some of the key stakeholders:
FEDERATIONS COUNTING ON BROADCASTERS TO TURN VISION INTO REALITY FOR INNOVATIVE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key quote: “The European Championships is a new multisport vision for European sports – an 11-day celebration staged every four year that will have a super-charging effect on our participating sports and our athletes. Our vision is simple: to create a must-watch and must-attend experience that elevates the Champions of Europe. We aspire to unite our sports, the public, athletes, nations; to be diverse in showcasing our sports and demonstrate that being a European Champion is a fantastic achievement; to inspire the next generation of champions and encourage the public to get involved in sport; and to continue the rich tradition of our sports so they have a long-lasting, positive impact on the sporting world-stage.”
DAVID LAPPARTIENT: GLASGOW 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL INSPIRE OUR ELITE AND LEISURE CYCLISTS
Key quote: "One of the great strengths of the multisport European Championships is that it aims to keep costs low for host cities by using existing facilities, and that is certainly the case for cycling next year in Glasgow. Four European Cycling Championships will be staged in the city – for the first time ever in cycling. The complete Cycling Olympic disciplines, Track, Road, BMX and Mountain Bike, will attract Europe’s top names to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, and the streets of Glasgow and the surrounding metropolitan area. Up until recently, though, Glasgow was lacking the requisite BMX track for a world-class event but this is being remedied with a new Olympic-standard BMX track being built in the Knightswood area of the city.
STEFAN KÜRTEN: EBU FOCUSED ON ENSURING WIDEST POSSIBLE AUDIENCE ON FREE-TO-AIR FOR 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key quote: "More than 1 billion people in Europe and across the globe are set to enjoy all the action from next year’s inaugural European Championships thanks to a unique partnership with International Broadcasters. Here at EBU Sport, our job is to negotiate on behalf of Europe’s public service broadcasters to guarantee fans the best seats in the house, free of charge in the major markets, for the world’s leading sporting events. We hold exclusive media rights for the 2018 European Championships in Europe and, so far, have signed agreements with almost 40 broadcasters including the BBC in the UK, ARD/ZDF in Germany, France Télévisions, RAI in Italy and TVE in Spain. That means viewers worldwide will be able to enjoy up to 300 hours of programming from the Championships across television, radio and online platforms.”
PAOLO BARELLI: EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL HAVE SUPER-CHARGING EFFECT ON OUR SPORTS AND ATHLETES
Key quote: “Together we are creating a must-watch and must-attend experience that elevates the Champions of Europe. We aspire to unite our sports, the public, athletes, nations; to be diverse in showcasing our sports and demonstrate that being a European Champion is a fantastic achievement; to inspire the next generation of champions and encourage the public to get involved in sport; and to continue the rich tradition of our sports so they have a long-lasting, positive impact on the sporting world-stage.”
RENATO BERTRANDI: MIXED RELAY TRIATHLON WILL BRING EXCITEMENT, FAST PACE, DRAMA TO GLASGOW
Key quote: "For the first time in 2018, outside of triathlon being part of other major games’ environments, we will see our ETU European Triathlon Championships become part of a pan-European, multi-sport event. With two host cities, Glasgow and Berlin, there will be 11 days of top-level sporting Championships, shared across Europe and enjoyed by a television audience that will most certainly break records. As our new sport, the “Young Kid on the Block,” takes centre stage alongside what are regarded to be the “Crown Jewels” in terms of Championship events – Athletics, Swimming, Cycling, Gymnastics, Rowing and Golf – we know that the television audiences as well as those spectators lucky enough to attend our Championships will be thrilled by the racing in our sport.
CHRISTIAN MILZ: STAKEHOLDERS WORKING HARD TO PROMOTE 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key quote: “European Athletics is incredibly excited about this new vision for European sports: an 11-day celebration staged every four years that will have a uniquely powerful effect on our participating sports and our athletes. We believe in the sustainability of the Championships, its emphasis on protecting and enhancing the rich history and heritage of our individual Championships, which dates back to 1893 for rowing, 1926 for swimming and 1934 for athletics, and the innovative model of each Championships continuing to be owned and managed by the respective Federation.
WORLD ROWING LAUDS SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO MULTISPORT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key quote: “The European Championships has a sustainable new model, which provides hosts with a better return on their investment than the individual championships or another larger multisport event. By bringing together existing European Championships a greater media profile is generated than could be achieved from individual events. The emphasis is on a city showcasing its existing sports facilities and accommodation options for athletes – making for an attractive and affordable event that can be considered good value from a host city perspective in comparison to other multi-sport opportunities in the market.
GEORGES GUELZEC: LOOKING FORWARD TO BUSY YEAR AHEAD OF 2018 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Key quote: “For many years we have worked together with our partner EBU to find ways to make gymnastics, and sport in general, even more attractive for a wider audience. Combining the existing European Championships of these seven outstanding sports, each with a wide reach, promises to be hugely beneficial and aims to elevate the status of our European Champions.”
SVEIN ARNE HANSEN: EUROPE AT ITS BEST WILL BE ON SHOW IN GLASGOW AND BERLIN
Key Quote: In the time remaining before the Championships, I hope everyone involved with the seven sports – aquatics, athletics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon – will tell the world that the European Championships will be a spectacular festival of top quality performances and the ultimate multi-sport event to promote their sports on the continent. Let us not forget that there is a rich history and heritage of our European Championships …”
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