The Silesian Stadium will reopen its doors to the public later this month which means the European Athletics Team Championships Super League in Silesia on 29-30 May will take place in front of spectators.
In line with the prevailing safety and sanitary plan, up to 7600 spectators will be allowed access to the Silesian Stadium where hosts Poland are looking to win back-to-back titles at Europe’s flagship team competition.
“This is great news if indeed the situation in Poland is such that the national and regional authorities will allow spectators into the Silesian Stadium at the forthcoming European Athletics Team Championships Super League on 29-30 May,” said European Athletics Interim President Dobromir Karamarinov.
Karamarinov added: “This means that around 7600 athletics fans will be able to watch the top eight teams in Europe, including hosts and reigning champions Poland, battle it out to be crowned champions of this biennial team competition.”
Deputy Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship Wojciech Kałuża was among those who hailed the anticipated and much awaited return of spectators at the European Athletics Team Championships Super League.
“What are sports events without fans?” he said. “We are overjoyed the upcoming championships will be held with the live audience. It’s thanks to the fans of athletics that the sports heart will beat again at the Silesian Stadium. We keep our fingers crossed for our team so that they will take the highest position on the podium again.”
During the press conference at the Silesian Stadium, the official medals for the European Athletics Team Championships Super League were also presented. The two different parts of the medals represent both the past and the present of the region of Silesia.
“The medals are made of two parts, each symbolising the past and present of Silesia. The past is a heavy industry and a mine shaft so characteristic of the Silesian landscape. In turn, the future is sustainable development, ecology and modernity. Silesian Stadium is the symbol of such connection,” said Bartłomiej Kowalski, CEO of the European Team Athletics Championships Super League.
He added: “The idea behind the project was to refer to the uniqueness of the region. The front and the reverse are an integral part, just as the Silesians feel an unbreakable bond with their history and look to the future with pride.”
The European Athletics Team Championships Super League has been streamlined from 12 to eight teams for 2021 and Poland will face opposition from France, Germany, Great Britain & NI, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Ukraine.
The First, Second and Third Leagues of the European Athletics Team Championships will take place on the weekend of 19-20 June.