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CHAMPIONSHIPS OF THE SMALL STATES OF EUROPE IN MALTA

The Malta AAA will be holding the inaugural Championships of the Small States of Europe at the Matthew Micallef St John Athletics Stadium on Saturday, June 11.

The inaugural championships of the Small States of Europe will be a one-day international track and field Championship which is supported by European Athletics, the governing body for athletics in Europe.

The Championships will bring approximately 300 athletes and officials from 18 European Athletic Federations to Malta.

The participating European federations will be the following:
Andorra, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Gibraltar, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Monaco, San Marino.

The Championships of the Small States of Europe are set to become a quadrennial event which will be held in the year of the Olympic Games.

The Championships address the concern of many small European federations that in the year of the Olympics, European Athletics does not organise the European Team Championships, a competition which has allowed many of the smaller European federations, to provide their national teams with an opportunity of a highly-motivating international competition.

In the case of the Malta AAA, after the encouraging participation in the European Team Championships in Tbilisi in 2014 and the European Games in Baku in 2015, it is expected that the CSSE, although only comprising 22 events, will be an excellent stimulus for our National Team.

It is expected that the Malta AAA will be represented in most of the events and some of its leading athletes including Kevin Moore, Charlotte Wingfield (2015 Sportswoman of the Year) and Janet Richard may be in a position to challenge for the leading positions in their event.

It is also encouraging to note that a number of Maltese middle and long distance athletes who have returned from a training camp in France which was supported by the Maltese Olympic Committee are showing steady improvement.

These include Lisa-Marie Bezzina (3000m) and Mathew Croker (800m) who are both on the Flexi-Training Scheme run by Sport Malta.

The 22 events of the Championships will be the following:

Men: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, 110m Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Discus, Shot, Swedish Relay

Women: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m, 100m Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Discus, Hammer, Swedish Relay.

The winner of each event will be declared the ‘2016 Small States Champion’. Further to the individual awards, there will also be team scoring and the team with the highest score will be declared ‘The 2016 Team Champions of the Small States 2016’.

In preparation for the event, the Malta AAA has embarked on a number of initiatives intended to upgrade the Matthew Micallef St John Stadium.

These have included the levelling of the infield area, the painting of the stands, the upgrading of the dressing-rooms, and with the assistance of Sport Malta the resurfacing and general upgrading of the warm up track.

This competition has also provided the MAAA with the opportunity to invest in new equipment which includes a new photo finish camera and high jump mat.

This international event will be officiated by Maltese Technical officials and it is planned that there will be up to 40 technical officials who will be controlling and judging the events.

The timing and starting teams will be assisted by technicians from the Austrian company ALGE –Timing.
 
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