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The European Championships countdown is on

The European Championships countdown is on

Roma 2024 eagerly prepares to greet fans from June 7 for an exhilarating prelude to the Olympics

From June 7 to 12, Rome will play host to the finest athletes from across the continent as they compete at the Olympic Stadium and in some of the captivating streets of the city.

The monumental event marks 50 years since Rome last hosted the European Athletics Championships in 1974, and the third time in history that Italy has been chosen as the venue, with the first edition in Turin in 1934.

The upcoming championships will serve as a build-up to the Olympic Games in Paris, which will kick off just six weeks later. It will be a vital opportunity for athletes to test their competition and make preparations ahead of the Games.

Venue

This year, with six consecutive days of competition and 11 sessions in total, spectators will watch the athletes in action from the stands and curves of the Stadio Olimpico in the Foro Italico Park.

Nestled near Rome’s historic centre and the picturesque Monte Mario hill, the Foro Italico Park is a remarkable architectural heritage site. Known as the most important sports centre in Rome, it embodies the pinnacle of Italian sporting excellence.

At the heart of the Park lies the Stadio Olimpico, which hosts all the home fixtures for football clubs AS Roma and SS Lazio, not to mention national and international competitions, as well as being the home ground for the Italian national football team.

Beyond football, the stadium is also a haven for rugby, hosting Six Nations fixtures and various Test matches.

Stadio Olimpico (turismoroma)

The Foro Italico also attracts global attention for many other events, such as BNL Italia (IBI) tennis internationals and the celebrated Golden Gala athletics meet. Recent highlights include the European Swimming Championships and the Beach Volleyball World Championships.

There will also be a Fan Village within the park ready to host all the spectators during the championships.

Schedule

The championships, which take place every two years, kicks off with the women’s heptathlon starting on the Friday morning.

Friday evening will see the first finals. The women’s 20km race walk will mark the beginning of the action, followed by the men’s shot put and discus finals in the field. Meanwhile, on the track will be the 4x400m mixed relay final, while the women’s 5000m will end the evening.

Saturday night promises an exciting line-up of events. The action starts with the men’s 20km race walk,…

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