European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen and CEO Christian Milz paid a visit to Andorra on Wednesday (3) with the principal purpose of discussing the state of athletics facilities in the country.
Andorra will be the host of the 2021 Games of the Small States of Europe, which brings together nations with populations of under one million inhabitants – with the exception of Cyprus which now has a slightly larger population – and the main athletics stadium in the country, the Estadi Comunal, will need to undergo restructuring and renovation before then, including expanding the six-lane track to eight lanes and improving the throwing areas.
President Hansen commented that the Andorran athletics federation needed to develop the project in conjunction with local authorities, central government and Andorran Olympic Committee but that European Athletics had confidence in the project and would provide support for the Andorran federation and local sports bodies’ endeavours.
Hansen added that he was pleased that the Andorran public authorities already indicated that they would provide financing for the construction work on the stadium.
“We are ready to help put the stadium in order for international events and would encourage the work to be done quickly so that it can be used as a facility for not only athletics but other sports,” Hansen told local media.
Hansen and Milz also held meetings on their brief trip to the Principality with representatives of the Andorran Olympic Committee and local government.