I am very pleased to welcome everyone to the 24th edition of the European Throwing Cup which, once again, will be staged here in Leiria.
This is the third consecutive year that the European Throwing Cup has taken place in the wonderful city and the event was also staged here in
2014, 2015 and 2018.
As I have said in previous welcome messages, this fact alone shows a fantastic level of enthusiasm and commitment here for our great sport.
Once again, I would like to thank everyone involved for their unstinting support in making the Cup such an important event on the European Athletics calendar.
My appreciation of what the Local Organising Committee in Leiria has done has continued to grow year-by-year and I will be sad to say goodbye – at least temporarily – to this city and the people who have made us so welcome here at the conclusion of this year’s Cup.
This competition comes less than seven months after the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 where European athletes produced some outstanding performances in the throws.
European athletes won medals in all four of the men’s throwing events in the Hungarian capital last summer and nearly all those men competed in either one or both of the most immediate past editions of the European Throwing Cup staged in Leiria in 2022 and 2023.
At the time of writing, I don’t know who will be in action in Leiria this year, but I would not be surprised if several of those World Athletics Championships medallists once again come to the Cup.
Just like last year when the Cup was an important part of many athletes’ preparations for the World Athletics Championships, and many other important competitions in 2023, this year’s Cup will be an important step on the road to the two big important events of the coming summer season: the Roma 2024 European Athletics Championships and then the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
I would like to take this opportunity to once again offer my sincere thanks to the Federação Portuguesa de Atletismo – the Portuguese athletics federation – and the local authorities in Leiria for their continuing hospitality and commitment to both our sport and to European Athletics.
It is always a joy, as we have done on many occasions, to return to this country and this city.
European Athletics are also very grateful to all the officials and volunteers with the Local Organising Committee for all their hard work and commitment, and I wish everyone an enjoyable and successful weekend.
European Athletics President