Grosseto to Host 2016 IPC Athletics European Championships
By Community | May 30, 2014
Around 700 athletes from 40 countries are expected to compete at the Carlo Zecchini Olympic Stadium between 10-16 June, a venue that has staged an IPC Athletics Grand Prix meeting for the last two years.
The successful bid will mean that the event will take place less than three months before the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Xavier Gonzalez, the IPC’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “It is testament to the hard work of FISPES, the Italian National Paralympic Committee and FIDAL that IPC Athletics has awarded the last major regional Championships ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to the Italian city of Grosseto.
“The city has an excellent track record for staging para-sport events, as shown with hosting one leg of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in 2013 and 2014, and we are hugely confident that this event will be a huge success.
“The 2012 European Championships provided the perfect stepping stone for many athletes in their preparations for London 2012 and a number went on to add Paralympic titles to their European crowns.
“This is yet another major addition to the rapidly expanding IPC Athletics calendar of events, helping to fulfil our objective of increasing the number of competition opportunities for leading athletes.”
FISPES President Sandrino Porru said: “I am extremely happy. It’s a dream come true to have a para-athletics European Championships in Italy, a first in our history.
“It’s a huge pride for FISPES and the entire Italian Paralympic Movement to host an event of this importance.
“Grosseto 2016 will be also a chance for Italy to support the growth of para-athletics ahead of the Rio Games with the aim of bettering the feat achieved in London.
“This important outcome has been possible thanks to the joint commitment and hard work of FISPES, IPC Athletics, the Italian Paralympic Committee and FIDAL. To all of them, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation”.
The Carlo Zecchini Olympic Stadium, the 2016 venue, features an eight lane MONDO track and has a capacity of 10,200 people. It has previously staged the 2001 European Athletics Junior Championships and the 2004 IAAF World Junior Athletics Championships.