BRATISLAVA, May 15, 2017 – Excactly twenty years since the world half marathon championships in Košice, which are being considered as one of the best in the history by the IAAF, Slovak Republic will have the next chance to welcome the top world runners. The candidacy of Šamorín for the European Cross Country Championships 2017 became successful by beating Dublin in the EA council members poll on 9 November 2015.
At the meeting in Frankfurt, 12 of 15 members of the EA Council voted for the organisation of the 24th European Cross Country Championships in 2017 for the sports complex x-bionic® sphere in Šamorín. Only three raised their hands for the favoured Irish Dublin. The running festival will take place on Sunday 10 December 2017.
„For the first time in the history we gained the chance to organise some of the major European athletic events. It is a big challenge for the whole Slovak athletics and it is also a big chance to prove that we are able to organise major events here,” reacted the president of the Slovak Athletic Federation Peter Korčok. “There was the team of eleven people working at the presentation for a couple of months. We managed it well, we answered all the question without hesitation. The things we showed to the council members were considered so interesting that they gave us the chance. They said the felt the strong aspiration to get this event for Slovakia.”
The evaluating committee of the European Athletics (EA) praised the sport complex in Šamorín in September 2015. Despite this fact, they recommended to the Slovak Athletic federation to not to take part within the candidacy in 2017 but the year later. However, the Slovak representatives did not quit.
Majstrovstvá Slovenska v cezpoľnom behu, 16.11.2016, x-bionic sphere Šamorín, FOTO: P. UHRIN