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Karamarinov: Athletics Program Wins Multisport European Championship Rewards

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Munich’s unique atmosphere and the innovative nature of the multisport European Championships serve as the perfect precursor to this week’s athletics programme, said Dobromir Karamarinov, President of Athletics Europe.

For its second edition in 2022, this multisport event brings together existing championships from the continent’s major sports to create a must-see experience that elevates European champions.

The European Championship builds the prestige and profile of individual championships by unifying them every four years. This year’s event will be held at Munich’s storied 1972 Olympic Park, celebrating his 50th anniversary in the city that hosted the 1972 Olympic Games.

Gymnastics, cycling, rowing, beach volleyball, canoe sprinting, sport climbing, table tennis and triathlon all take place on Monday morning when the famous athletics event begins at the Olympic Stadium.

Karamarinov loves to soak up the atmosphere and reap the benefits that the European Athletics Championships can offer from a multisport event.

he said:

“I like this multisport concept and it benefits us.

“The atmosphere in Germany is always really nice.

“I remember watching the 1972 Olympics on TV. I also participated in the 2002 European Athletics Championships.

“I’m always grateful to be here and I think we have a very big championship ahead of us.”

“After the event, we will be looking very carefully at the concept with our board, but of course it would be great if we could continue some kind of multisport format together.”

Karamarinov’s comments represent a change in position for European Athletics, which had previously communicated plans to return to an independent championship in 2026.

The multisport European Championships once again gave a big boost to the pre-event broadcast plan of the European Athletics Championships programme, with 1,525 hours set to be broadcast live or delayed across Europe from Munich.

This is a significant increase of 69% over the intentions of the previous European Athletics Championships held in Amsterdam in 2016, the year of the Olympic Games, and 1,180 hours of intentions for the European Athletics Championships alone Zurich 2014. an almost 30% increase in intentions.

The British Athletics have selected the biggest team ever for the European Championships, with over 110 athletes expected to wear GB vests in Munich next week.

The team will feature newly crowned 1500m world champion Jake Wightman (800 after winning bronze at Commonwealth), 400m ace Matt Hudson-Smith and female star Dina Usher. Smith, Darryl Neta, Laura Muir and Kelly Hodgkinson will also appear.

Karamarinov enjoys the prospect of a star-studded field like this, and believes the profiles of athletes who have traveled say a lot about the prestige of the event.

“It’s great to have all these World Champions here after the World Championships,” he added.

“For them, being European champions doesn’t mean they have a lot of value, and as European Athletics, we really appreciate that.”

The multisport European Championship Munich 2022, featuring track and field, beach volleyball, canoe sprinting, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing and sport climbing, marks the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games in the German city 11 August It will be held from the 21st to the 21st. Watch live daily on the BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport websites