MESSAGE OF PRESIDENT FIDAL ALFIO GIOMI

The Province of Venice will be the wonderful setting of the 21st edition of the European Masters Athletics Championships in Venice – Venice EMAC 2019, which will take place from 5 to 15 September 2019.

Once again, Italy will host a major Athletics event, involving about twenty thousand people, including athletes, officials and family members. An event dedicated to the Master sector, increasingly growing and expanding, thanks also to the collective awareness, gained over the years, that Sport is a philosophy of life which helps us to feel good, teaches us to confront ourselves with the others and puts us in front of our limits in order to overcome them, at any age.

The growing success of the Master Championships in Athletics, especially in Europe, shows how our Sport, in particular, represents one of the most practiced and loved disciplines at all ages. This makes us proud and confident that our message is well received and appreciated.

Next September, athletes Over 35 will have the chance to compete on the Jesolo track, whose renewal was strongly supported by the City on the occasion of the  Mediterranean Athletics  Championships Under 23, which took place successfully last year, with the appreciation of all participants. The athletes will also be able to compete in the Caorle Stadium also under renewal, while the Throwers will have a stadium dedicated to them in the city of Eraclea.

The athletes will also be able to run and race walk along the streets of these three magnificent cities full of history and culture and all the participants will be able to enjoy the beauties of the Venetian lagoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Less than two hundred days before the event, I would like to thank the Organizing Committee that is working with passion and dedication and the three Cities that will host the Championships and that have once again demonstrated their great attention to our discipline and willingness to invest in Sport also as a tool to promote the territory.

Alfio Giomi

FIDAL President

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