European Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov hailed the Istanbul 2023 European Athletics Indoor Championships, which ended on Sunday, as an outstanding edition of the championships.
“The Championships took place in the shadow of the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye a month ago and our first consideration was always to commemorate and hour the victims of that natural tragedy,” said Kalamanov.
“Consequently, the Local Organising Committee, Turkish Athletic Federation and Turkish public authorities did a magnificent job organising the championships in very difficult circumstances when many of those involved in helping stage these championships, and also within the Turkish team as well, will have lost relatives and friends or otherwise been severely affected by the events of last month.
“I would like to applaud everyone involved locally in organising these championships for their personal commitment at a hugely emotional time for Türkiye and say that European Athletics will never forget the sacrifices they have made in the name of our sport.
“One of the most poignant moments of the championships was seeing Türkiye’s own Tuğba Danışmaz win the women’s triple jump gold medal with a national record but there were many other stirring occasions during our time in Istanbul, not least Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam winning the pentathlon title with a world record of 5055 points,” added Karamarinov.
In addition to Thiam’s world record in a competition which also saw Poland’s Adrianna Sulek go over the previous mark, three championship records were set, there were four world world-leading marks and 12 European-leading marks as well as 39 national records from the 593 entrants who represented 47 countries.
Television audience data is still being compiled but, with 30 international broadcaster and the globally available European Athletics live stream, it is expected that it will compare favourably with recent previous European Athletics Indoor Championships while the European Athletics social media channels saw record engagement figures for this event.
One of the abiding memories of the championships was the solidarity and support shown by the athletes, Member Federations, spectators and international media with those whose lives had been devastated by the earthquakes and the warmth of the Turkish people in receiving the international athletics community despite such difficult circumstances.
The next European Athletics Indoor Championships will be held in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands from 6-9 March 2025.