3 December 2016, Monaco
The reforms in IAAF governance structure got a strong support from the Special Congress in Monaco where 95% of the member federations voted in favour of the proposed new constitution. Dobromir Karamarinov gave a comprehensible speech before the vote encouraging the audience to embrace change as we need to win trust again to secure a new chapter for athletics.
Balkan Athletics Vice Presidents Fatih Cintimar and Slobodan Brankovic were there as well forging the bright future of our sport.
19 November 2016 Dubai, UAE
Pictures by Atletika Magazine and Mohamed Elgarhy
Balkan Athletics gave its 6th Awards in partnership with the GCC* at a glamorous Gala Ceremony in Dubai. It was a great occasion to promote athletics and celebrate a very successful year where Balkan athletes had won 7 Olympic medals from Rio, 6 medals from the World Indoor Championships in Portland and 23 medals from the European Championships in Amsterdam.
Dobromir Karamarinov with the award winners & Balkan Athletics Vice Presidents Slobodan Brankovic (SRB) and Fatih Cintimar (TUR)
Ivana Spanovic (SRB) and Yasmani Copello Escobar (TUR)are the Balkan Athletes of the Year 2016. Both are European Champions from Amsterdam and bronze medallists from Rio.
Sara Kolak (CRO) and Emmanouil Karalis (GRE) were named Balkan Rising Stars of the Year for their remarkable results.
*GCC – Gulf Countries Council
The Ceremony was hosted by UAE Athletics Federation and took place in the magnificent Atlantis the Palm hotel. It was attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Bin Hashir Al Maktoom, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, himself a sportsman – the Sheikh is the Olympic Champion in shooting from Athens 2004. The General Secretary of Dubai Sport Council His Excellency Saeid Harab was among the guests of honour along with board members of GCC and UAE Athletics.
Ivana Spanovic started the season with a silver medal in long jump at the World Indoor Championships in Portland where she set a national record of 7.07. She won the European gold in Amsterdam and completed the series with a bronze in Rio and a new national record of 7.08. At the end of the season she won the Diamond League and improved the national record once more to 7.10 in her home country. This is the third time for Spanovic to receive the award after having been Balkan Athlete of the Year for 2013 and 2015.
Balkan Athlete of the Year Yasmani Copello Escobar is the European Champion in 400m hurdles with a national record of 48:42. In Rio he improved it to 47:92 and won the Olympic bronze medal. He was also part of the wining 4x400m relay of Turkey at the Balkan Senior Championships.
Rising Star Emmanouil Karalis, who was only 16 years old when he did his performances made an amazing season. He set a World Youth Record of 5.53i in February in Pireas, a month later he improved it to 5.54i in Jablonec, then corrected it once more to 5.55 in May in Ostrava. Karalis is the First European U18 Champion from Tbilisi 2016.
picture by Getti Images
Young Sara Kolak (21) surprisingly won the Olympic title in Rio, defeating the favorites in javelin throw and setting a national record of 66.18. She had suggested of her huge potential a few months earlier when she won the bronze at the European Championships in Amsterdam. Unfortunately she was not able to attend the ceremony and receive her Balkan Rising Star award because she was ill.
Dobromir Karamarinov gave a plaque of gratitude to HH Sheikh Al Maktoom for his continuous support to athletics. On his turn he received a sign of appreciation from GCC Athletics President Ahmed Al Kamali.
Next Balkan Athletics Gala will take place on 16 November 2017 in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria and will be a common activity with GCC again.
5 November 2016 Cuprija, Serbia
The 60th edition of the Balkan Cross Country Championships was held on November 5 in Cuprija, Serbia. Turkish athletes dominated in all categories and took all the Team gold medals. Athletes from 13 Balkan countries took part in the championships
Turkish Junior lady Gulnaz Uskun started the golden series in a battle with Bulgarian Silviya Georgieva. Gulnaz covered the 4km distance in 13:49, while Georgieva finished shortly behind her in 13:53. Third and fourth place were again taken by Turkish girls - Yayla Kilic (14:13) and Pinar Demirtas (14:14). Turkey won the Team Ranking with 8 points ahead of Romania, 24 and Croatia, 36.
The Junior Men 6km race repeated same story as two athletes named Ramazan - Barbaros (18: 07) and Karagoz (18:15) came in first and third position. Between them was Romanian Andrei Dorin Rusu (18:08). Here the Israeli team was involved with naturalized Ethiopian athletes, but it brought them only third place in the team standings after Turkey and Romania.
The U23 races were totally won by Turkish runners. Fatma Demir (20:35), Emine Tuna (20:48) and Erdal Tubay (20:50) gave no chance to other participating countries in the Women’s U23 race. In the Men’s U23 race again three Turkish athletes were best over the 8km distance: Suat Karabulak 24:43, Enis Korkmaz 24:51 and Saffet Etkatmis 24:53. The team here of course was won by Turkey followed by Israel and Romania.
The best Romanian 3000m Steeplechase runner Ancuta Bobocel managed to break the Turkish supremacy in the senior women category, where she won the champion’s title in 27:05. Eytemis Sevilay (Turkey) 27:11 and Roxana Elisabeta Birca (Romania) 27:14 followed. Turkey and Romania gained the same number of points in the team standings - 11, but again Turkish women had superiority. Third was Bulgarian team. Turkish athletes on the top positions: Ramazan Ozdemir, 30:11, Omer Tuncer, 30:20 and Alper Demir, 30:23. In the team ranking Romanian and Bulgarian follow.
In a summary, the individual medals in the six categories were split among Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria while teams from Turkey, Romania, Israel, Bulgaria and Croatia mounted the podium for the Team Ranking.
1 November 2016, Sofia
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30 October 2016 Podgorica
The 5th edition of the Balkan Half Marathon Championships took place in Montenegrin capital Podgorica. The race was part of the big Podgorica International Marathon which was ranked among the most prestigious races in the world. Dobromir Karamarinov gave the official opening of the Championships in which 10 Balkan countries took part.
Turkey took the first and third place of the men’s race with Bekir Karayel 1:07:46 and Arslan Ercan, 1:09:34. Karayel is only 21 years old, though has a huge potential. Moldovan Maxim Raileanu won the silver medal with 1:09:34. They were awarded by the President of the Athletic Federation of Montenegro Milorad Vuletic.
Never aging Olivera Jevtic (SRB) won the women’s race in 1:12:25. It looks like the race in Podgorica fits her very well as she won the Balkan Marathon last year on the same course. The representative of the hosting country Sladjana Perunovic took the silver medal in Podgorica with a result of 1:16:49. Less than a month ago Sladjana Perunovic won also the Balkan Marathon in Sofia. Turkish Busra Nur Koku took the bronze with 1:18:05.
28 October 2015 Zagreb
Dobromir Karamarinov was among the special guests of the special Gala ceremony in Zagreb, together with athletics legend Sergey Bubka and European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen. Croatian athletics had a very successful year with three Olympic medals won by three beautiful ladies: Sandra Perkovic with gold in discuss throw, Sara Kolak with gold in javelin throw and Blanka Vlasic with bronze in high jump.
Ivan Vestic, President of Croatian Athletic Federation receives a special award from Balkan Athletics for the outstanding results.
15 October 2016, Funchal, Portugal
German Triple jumper Max Hess received his European Rising Star of the Year award from Dobromir Karamarinov on a spectacular evening in Madeira. Hess is the silver medalist from the World Indoor Championships in Portland and European Champion from Amsterdam.
Nafissatou Thiam (BEL) is the female Rising Star after she took the gold in the Olympic games in Rio in Heptathlon.
Spanish high jumper Ruth Beitia is the female European Athlete of the Year. Beitia became the oldest Olympic champion in a jumping event with her victory in Rio.
Mo Farah was announced European Athlete of the Year but for the third time he refused to attend the ceremony.
10 October 2016, Sofia
The start of the Balkan Marathon which was held in line with the 33rd edition of Sofia International Marathon on 9 October 2016 was given by European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen and Balkan Athletics Dobromir Karamarinov. Bulgarian Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev also attended the event together with the mayor of Sofia Mrs Yordanka Fandakova and the president of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee Stefka Kostadinova.
Balkan Marathon Champions for 2016 are Shaban Mustafa (BUL) and Sladjana Perunovich (MNE).
Bulgarian Saban Mustafa held a tactical race and overtook Turk Hasan Turgut and Serbian Milos Milovanovic with 2:29:59. Turgut brought Turkey silver with 2:32:54, while Milovanovic took the bronze in 2:33:41.
In the women's race Balkan Champion Perunovich (MNE) bested Croatian Nikolina Sustic with 2:49:20 against 2:50:24. The third place was for Radosveta Simeonova (BUL), which started with ambitions for the title, but in the second half of the distance reduced her speed and by a huge effort managed to keep the bronze position finishing with a personal best of 2:56:29.
The event was broadcasted live by Bulgarian National Television.
19 September 2016, Tel Aviv
On its Regular Congress held in Tel Aviv, Israel on 19 September 2016, Balkan Athletics decided its calendar of events for the year 2017. A new event was introduced – the Balkan Junior Indoor Chamionships. Its first edition will take place on 11 February 2017 in Istanbul. The full 2017 Calendar can be found here.
IAAF President and Senior Vice President Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka attended the Congress and were very pleased by the level of organisation and the high operational work of the association.
29 June 2016, Sofia
Dear Friends in Balkan Athletics,
We were all shocked and frustrated by the terrorist attack on Istanbul Ataturk airport last night. We know some federations have started to reconsider their participation in the Balkan Junior Championships in Bolu, Turkey on 2-3 July 2016. We understand the worries and fear all participants and their families are experiencing in view of this threat and cannot blame parents for trying to keep their children safe.
On the other hand we cannot let terrorism rule our world and command our activities. Balkans have always been a good example of unity and integrity. Balkan Athletics must remain strong and reliable. We cannot bend under the antihuman challenge of a bunch of confused people. We should stay together and carry on with our scheduled events.
I hereby call upon all Member Federations to keep on with their activities and send their teams to Bolu, as previously planned. Balkan Junior Championships shall be carried on with reinforced security measures, as announced by the hosting federation. Turkish Federation, Bolu Governorship and Bolu Municipality have invested great efforts and care in the preparation of the event, therefore it is our obligation not to let them down. I am sure you all understand the necessity of a common resistance to terrorism in the world.
I trust in your positive response and remain confident in the success and safeness of the Balkan Junior Championships 2016.
Balkan Athletics President
Official letter from Turkish Athletic Federsation can be downloaded here
25 June 2016, Pitesti
The Athletic Federation of Kosovo was accepted as a Member of the Association of the Balkan Athletic Federations during the Extraordinary Congress held in Pitesti, Romania, being already affiliated to the International Olympic Committee, the IAAF and European Athletics. Consequently, Kosovo athletes will participate in-competition at the Balkan Championships the weekend in Pitesti.
Halil Syulejmani, President of Kosovo Atheltic Federation receives from Dobromir Karamarinov the name plate of his country as an official member.
The Congress has also decided to include Hammer Throw in the competition programme for the Balkan Youth Championships in Krusevac next week. The LOC will accept entries for this event, even though the deadline for the final entries has already passed.
For future Balkan Championships, the deadline for the final entries will be set 5 days prior to the first competition day, i.e. when a competition starts on Saturday, the final entries deadline would be on Monday. This would help the federations make a proper selection of their teams.
The next Balkan Athletics Congress will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 19 September 2016.
21 May 2016, Albania
The new athletics track in Elbasan, Albania hosted its first International Meeting on 21 May.
Albanian Athletic Federation, in cooperation with the Municipality of Elbasan, provided top level organisation of the event were athletes from 8 countries competed. There was a separate raking for a 4 Nations Match between the neighbouring countries of Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo, supported by European Athletics.
The event was a huge success for the hosting nation, as two National Records were set: Luiza Gega in 3000m finished in 8:53:78, while Izmir Smajlaj reached 8.03 by his last attempt in Long Jump.
A delegation including Balkan Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov was received by the Mayor of Elbasan Qazim Sejdini who was very enthusiastic about athletics and was eager to stage more competitions. He initiated a candidature for next year’s Balkan Youth championships to be hosted by Elbasan.
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.
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 year’s anniversary medal for their contribution in the negotiations.
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."
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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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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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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