Balkan Athletics Museum opens in Athens

15 May 2016

A museum of Balkan Athletics was unveiled in the Greek capital Athens. It is located in the city centre, right next to the Ancient Olympic Stadium, (1, Vas.Olgas Str.) and displays a series of photos and items collected since the foundation of the Balkan Athletics organisation.

The true driving force behind the creation of the museum is Mr. Dimitrios Mponticoulis: a photographer, collector, and true connoisseur of Balkan athletics history. Thons of pictures came out of his camera and many of the items displayed in the museum were brought here by him (on the picture below, far right, with glasses).

The Museum was inaugurated by Balkan Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov. He also attended the International Jumps Meeting Robert Emmiyan, organised by Panagiotis Dimakos, Vice President of the Hellenic Athletics Association. Other guests in Athens were Rober Emmiyan, European record holder in Long Jump with 8.86m and President of the Armenian Athletic Federation and Ion Sandu, President of Romanian Atheltic Federation.

On the picture, left to right: Sandu, Dimakos, Karamarinov, Emmiyan.

New synthetic track in Chisinau by the end of the year

10 May 216 Moldova

During an official visit to Moldova, European Athletics President and Senior Vice President Svein Arne Hansen and Dobromir Karamarinov met the Minister of Youth and Sports Victor Zubcu, the National Olympic Committee President Nicolae Juravshi and other high officials.

On the picture, from left: Athletics Federation General Secretary and President Constantin Negura and Anatolie Balan, Ministry of Sports international relations, Dobromir Karamarinov, Victor Zubcu, Svein Arne Hansen and Vice-Minister of Sports Ivan Florean.

The purpose of the visit was to make final efforts for the realisation of long negotiated reconstruction of the old Dynamo Stadium in the capital city Chisinau. The athletics federation of Moldova has maintained very good relations with the governmental structures, has been working to get support for the construction a certified synthetic track for athletics. It is now decided that the foundations should be laid down by 20th July 2016, and from 1st of August, the real work on the track by Mondo should begin. The project should be realised before the end of the year.

The National Olympic and Sports Committee of Moldova and particularly its President Nicolae Juravshi are central in the project of renovating the DINAMO stadium in Chisinau. Juravshi, who is a double Olympic Champion in canoeing and member of Moldovan Parliament, ensured that the good cooperation between all interested national and international organisations (NOSC, FAM, the Government, Olympic Solidarity etc.) will continue through the realisation of the project. He awarded Svein Arne Hansen and Dobromir Karamarinov with the NOSC 25 years anniversary medal for their contribution in the negotiations.

First Press Conference for the European Indoor Championships Belgrade 2017

13 April 2016 Belgrade

Dobromir Karamarinov, who is European Athletics Organisational Delegate for the EICH 2017 made a site visit to Belgrade to see the progress of the preparations. He met the LOC and visited the arena.

On the picture: Karamarinov with Veselin Jevrosimovic (right) and Slobodan Brankovic (left), President and General Secretary of Serbian Atheltic Federation.

"I am glad that the major European Athletics event in 2017 will take place on the Balkans. Belgrade is almost ready with the organisation of the competition. The organisers have the full support of the Government." said Karamarinov

"The Budget of the Championships is secured. The staff of the Athletic Federation of Serbia, the volunteers, all institutions, are very enthousiastic and I am sure that Kombank Arena will be full of spectators for the event, especially with Novak Djokovic and Ivana Spanovic being the faces of the promotion."

Date for the Balkan Congress 2016 decided

31 March 2016 Tel Aviv

The next Balkan Athletics Congress will be held in the afternoon of 19 September 2016 in Tel Aviv. This was decided during an informal visit of Dobromir Karamarinov to Israel where he had discussions with the President and General Secretary of the Israeli Athletics Association Rafi Peled and Jack Cohen.

Karamarinov checked the preparations for the Congress and visited the athletics stadium and the National Olympic museum of Israel.

Balkan Athletics with 6 medals from Portland

Photos by Getty images

The IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland 17-20 March 2016 was very successful for the Balkan athletes.

Four of the ABAF Member Federations gained medals. Romania was best ranked in the medals table: 18th place by the silver medal of Andrei Gag in Shot Put and the women's 4x400m relay.

Ivana Spanovic made an excellent long jump competition, improving twice the Serbian National record and winning the silver medal. Serbia is therefore placed on the 19th position in the medals table, followed by Greece which took two bronze medals by Ekaterini Stefanidi in Pole Vault and Paraskevi Papahristou in Triple Jump.

Croatia as well had a bronze medal, won by Filip Mihaljevic in Shot Put.

Albanian Athletics can use the stadium in Elbasan

Balkan Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov visited Albania in line with his European Athletics Strategic communication group. He had a discussion with Armand Duka, President of Albanian Football Federation who is the owner of the new stadium in Elbasan.

The football stadium has 8 lanes synthetic track and is fully equipped and certified for athletics. It was agreed that Albanian Athletic Federation will be granted free use of the facility for staging National and International competitions.

On the picture (from left to right): Nikolin Dionisi, Gerji Ruli (General Secretary and President of Albanian Athletic Federation), Dobromir Karamarinov, Armand Duka.

CANCELLATION of Balkan Cross Country Championships 2016

Due to heavy raining and floods in Serbia, especially in the region of Cuprija, the championships has to be postponed.

The weather forecast for the upcoming days is still very bad, therefore it is dangerous to try to organise a competition. All the teams who intended to travel to Serbia are kindly requested to cancel their plans.

Serbian Athletic Federation and the city of Cuprija are not giving up from hosting the event however and are ready to organise it October or November 2016. The new date will be discussed and decided during the Balkan Senior Championships on 25-26 June in Pitesti.

New athletics Indoor arena opens in Belgrade

Serbian capital has now a brand newly indoor arena. It was officially inaugurated on Tuesday 1 March by Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic. The Serbian Indoor Open meeting was also held on this occasion which gathered the elite of the Serbian society and the Athletics family of Europe.

The opening ceremony was attended by (from left to right on the picture): Balkan Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov, European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, President of the Athletics Federation of Serbia Veselin Jevrosimovic, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Minister of Youth and Sports Vanja Udovicic, General Secretary of Serbian Athletic Federation Slobodan Brankovic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence Zoran Djordjevic, and the Mayor of Belgrade Sinisa Mali.

After the ceremony Dobromir Karamarinov and Svein Arne Hansen had a separate meeting with President Nikolic to discuss the challenges of the European Indoor Championships 2017 in Belgrade. Karamarinov is the European Athletics Delegate, assigned to follow directly the organisation of the event.

The new arena has 1500 seats and is entirely dedicated to athletics. It will be open for preparation all year round and is already housing the offices of Serbian Athletic Federation. It will serve as the training venue for the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships with the competition taking place at the 20,000 seats Kombank Arena.

Balkan Indoors celebrate participation record

Istanbul hosted fifth time Balkan Indoors Athletics Championships with record participation from 16 ABAF members plus two guest teams. Romania topped the medal table ahead of Turkey, which achieved their best results in history of the competition.

Ataköy Athletics Arena, previously hosted to World Indoors 2012, welcomed Balkan nations for the 21st edition of Balkan Indoor Athletics Championships. After ABAF's (Association of Balkan Athletic Federations) expansion to 16 countries with Israel's official inclusion, Balkan Indoors have reached record participation figures by terms of countries (16) and athletes (278). The host nation Turkey was leading team in this competition with 47-strong squad meanwhile traditional powers Romania (26 athletes), Greece (25) and Bulgaria (20) also well represented on the field.

Biggest star of the competition was Serbian world bronze medalist Ivana Spanovic easily clinched her fourth Balkan Indoor gold medal - three of them in Istanbul - after she jumped 6.78 metres, well beyond from second-placed Greek Haido Alexouli.

In the track, Albanian middle-distance dinamo Luiza Gega also crowned fourth Balkan Indoor title after superb solo run. Gega clocked 4:06.89 on her way of victory, second best time in this distance during European winter season behind Netherland's Siffan Hassan.

Double joy for Ivancevic

Another eye-catching performance drawing by Andrea Ivancevic, who duplicated last year's feat again. She won 60 metres title in 7.32 despite running low-profile C final, then shines again in hurdles end of the show. The 30-year old Croat repeated her own 2015 feat, when claiming gold in both 60 metres final, hurdles and flat.

Romania, most successful country of the Balkan Athletics history, topped again the medal table by 16 medals (seven golds, seven silvers, two bronze) ahead of Turkish team. 400 metres runner Adelina Pastor (53.23), shot putter Andrei Gag (20.40m) and Mihai Donisan (2.23m) in high jump was amongst the winners circle in Istanbul.

Most successful for the hosts

Turkey also enjoyed very successful event after they celebrated best results ever in Balkan Indoors, obtained 15 medals in total, including six golds. Prominent 19-year old vaulter Demet Parlak missed chance to broke her third national record in one week but possessed Turkey's first ever Balkan Indoor champion in women's pole vault.

ABAF President Dobromir Karamaninov has delighted by great athmosphere in Istanbul, thanks to Fatih Çintimar (TAF President) and his crew to their excellent contribution of Balkan Athletics culture.

After it's five-year stop in Istanbul, the championships will move to Belgrade in 2017 as a lead-up event for European Indoor Championships.

Text by Sevket F. Erbay for Balkan Athletic

Balkan Indoor Championships Istanbul 2016

At the Opening Ceremony the President of Turkish Athletic Federation Mr. Fatih Cintimar received from Dobromir Karamarinov a plaque of merit on behalf of European Athletics. On his side, he offered a special award to Doromir Karamarinov.

A few amendments of the Balkan Calendar were made during the Presidents' Council held in the morning before the competition. The Balkan Senior Championships will no longer be held in Velenje, since Slovenia resigned from hosting it but in Pitesti, Romania. The president of Romanian Athletic Federation Mr. Ion Sandu responded immediately to the unpleasant situation and undertook the organisation of the major Balkan event. Pitesti will be hosting the Balkan Championships for the third consecutive year on 25-26 June 2016.

The Balkan Mountain Running Championships in Nova Zagora will be held on 8 June 2016 and not on the 11th as previously announced.

There was a proposal to introduce a Balkan Junior Indoor Championships from next year and Turkey announced their readiness to host it in Istanbul in 2017. The decision about this proposal is to be voted by next Balkan Athletics Congress.


You can watch the Balkan Indoor Championships Istanbul 2016 broadcasted live by Rumeli TV here

Balkan Indoor Championships

27 February 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul’s Atakoy Athletics Arena is hosting the Balkan Indoor Championships for the 5th time in a row since it first opened in 2012.

The best athletes from the 16 Balkan member federations will strive for top results. Two guest nations, Kosovo and Azerbaijan, will take part out-of-competition. The Balkan Indoor Championships give a perfect opportunity for the athletes to try and reach the entry standards for the World Indoors in Portland next month.

Competition Timetable can be found here.

Croatia hosted the Balkan Cross Country Championships in Vrbovec

Croatian Athletic Federation hosted a Balkan event for the first time since their affiliation to ABAF in 2011. It was held in the city of Vrbovec, 40 km east from the capital Zagreb...

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Balkan Athletes of the Year 2015

Bronze medalists from the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, Bosnian 800m specialist Amel Tuka and Serbian long jumper Ivana Spanovic, who was also crowned European indoor champion earlier this year, have been named...

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Balkan Marathon Championships Podgorica


European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen and Dobromir Karamarinov attended the Balkan Marathon Championships in Podgorica, Montenegro. They met with the Mayor Slavoljub Stijepovic, Vice Mayor Boris Mugosa and other high authorities who agreed to find a way to build an athletics stadium in Podgorica.

Balkan Congress
Vrsac Serbia, 24 September 2015

The current President of Balkan Athletics Dobromir Karamarinov was unanimously re-elected for another 4-years term. A new governance structure was also adopted, therefore Balkan Athletics will be governed now by the following bodies...

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New Member

The Israeli Athletic Association is the newest member of the Association of Balkan Athletics Federations...

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Balkan Congress
Vrsac Serbia, 24 September 2015

The current President of Balkan Athletics Dobromir Karamarinov was unanimously re-elected for another 4-years term. A new governance structure was also adopted, therefore Balkan Athletics will be governed now by the following bodies...

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Balkan Championships Pitesti ROU 1-2 August 2015



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Prize Money Winners

Prise Money for the
Balkan Championships Pitesti ROU 1-2 August 2015

Romanian Athletic Federation has provided prize money for the top 10 men's and top 10 women's performances according to IAAF Scoring Table at the Balkan Senior Championships. The total amount of the prize money is 40,000 EUR.

Detailed distribution can be found here

The Team Manual is available HERE

The Timetable can be found HERE

Balkan Junior Championships Pitesti ROU 4-5 July 2015

Results are HERE

The Team Manual is available HERE

The Timetable can be found HERE

Balkan Youth Championships
Sremska Mitrovica SRB 4 July 2015

Results are here GIRLS BOYS

The Team Manual is available HERE

The Timetable can be found HERE

The map of the stadium can be foundHERE

The date of the Balkan Gala 2015 was decided

The 5th Balkan Athletics Gala will take place on 18 November 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia

The updated calendar can be found in the Calendar section.

Changes in the Calendar 2015

Balkan Senior Championships to be held in Pitesti, the Youth in Sremska Mitrovica

The Romanian Federations will be hosting the Balkan Senior Championships, after SEGAS renounced it. The Serbian Federation took over the Balkan Youth Championships which is now going to take place in Sremska Mitrovica instead of Buchares. The initial dates of both events remain unchanged.

Balkan Senior Championships will be held in Pitesti, Romania
on 1-2 August 2015

Balkan Youth Championships will be held in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia on 4 July 2015

The updated calendar can be found in the Calendar section.

ABAF President is the new Senior Vice President of European Athletics

Five representative of Balkan federations are in the new European Athletics Council

Dobromir Karamarinov, who received the highest number of votes (37) on the 2015 European Athletics Congress held on 12 April 2015 in Bled, Slovenia was unanimously approved by the Council to be the First Vice President. Svein Arne Hansen of Norway is the new President of European Athletics. The other Vice Presidents are Frank Hensel, Gemany (33 votes) and Jean Gracia, France (32 votes).

Among the 13 Council Members, four more representatives of Balkan Member Federations were elected. These are Dimakos Panagiotis (GRE), Gregor Bencina (SLO), Gabriela Szabo (ROM), Salih Munir Yaras (TUR). Thus, there are five Balkan representatives in European Athletics Council for the first time ever.

Balkan Indoor Championship Biomechanical Analysis Report

You can download a Biomechanical Analysis Report for the event Pole Vault (men and women) held in Istanbul Asli Cakir Alptekin Athletics Arena on 21 February 2015 HERE

21 February 2015 - Balkan Indoor Championships

18 April - Balkan Race Walking Championships


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