The main ambition is to defend the title on home soil and to keep this success as a winning tradition – Ihor Hotsul
Ihor HOTSUL (UKR), Ukrainian Athletic Association President, Co-Head of the LOC
I am glad to welcome you at European Athletics Combined Events Team Championships Super League in Lutsk. It’s the first time when Ukraine hosts a European Championships of that level. It’s a great honour for us. We are proud to welcome the athletes and all the guests especially here in Lutsk which is actually a sports enthusiastic city. People in Lutsk love athletics and are concerned about local and foreign athletes. We have worked a lot to create a nice atmosphere and good conditions here. I believe it will impact into Ukraine’s positive image in the world, and will provide some positive information about Ukraine all over the world. I do hope we and the athletes will manage to create an exciting track and field show. Everybody is welcomed to the stadium.
On the audience.
Combined events competition is a peculiar track and field marathon challenging not only the athletes but the audience as well. The athletes have to be followed in several different events on two consecutive days. Over the last 3 years we have been working and trying to involve a wider audience into athletics and making them aware of decathlon and heptathlon particularly. Let’s see tomorrow how successful we were in our efforts.
On expectation about Ukrainian team
The main goal of the season is definitely the IAAF World Championships which takes place in Doha, Qatar. Still, each competition is important as a part of overall preparation. Our team earned high credits with great performance at the 2nd European Games. Those incredible results in Minsk turned an additional motivation to go on with preparation and hopefully winning. Ukraine team won the 2017 European Combined Events Team Championships Super League. So, the main ambition is to defend the title on home soil and to keep this success as a winning tradition. Hope we will manage to hit podiums and wins.
Photo ©Dmytro Vakulka
European Combined Events Team Championships Super League takes place at the Avanhard stadium. It was renovated in 2015 and certified by the IAAF as a Class 2 Athletics Facility in March 2016. Nowadays, it is a modern European athletics arena, which has already hosted many athletics competitions including International U18 Athletics Matches and Ukrainian National Championships.
Three hotels will be used as official ones for the European Combined Events Team Championships Super League. Teams' hotel complex Ukraine is located only 1.5km from Avanhard stadium. It is situated in the very center of the city and it has often hosted teams during athletics competitions and events.
Danylo Halytskyi Lviv International Airport is the official airport. It is located 150km away from Lutsk and it’s the largest airport in the Western Ukraine thanks to the big passenger flow and destination network.