The European Athletics Championships at home, 50 years after the last edition in Rome 1974. Next year’s event at the Olympic Stadium will be unmissable for Italian national team athletes who will have the chance to compete in front of their home crowd.
A confirmation of the importance of Roma 2024 in the planning of the upcoming season comes from Daisy Osakue, the Italian record holder in the discus throw. In an interview with Atletica Italiana Tv, the channel of the Italian Athletics Federation, the Italian athlete showed all her excitement and anticipation for the competitions to be held June 7-12, 2024.
“European Championships in Rome opportunity of a lifetime? Absolutely,” Daisy replies confidently, “the fact that the event comes before the Olympics gives it greater value.
Having all my family, my friends at the Olympic Stadium, I get chills just thinking about it, it’s an opportunity I wouldn’t want to miss.”
The excitement, in short, is already great, and the Italian thrower wants to prepare herself as best as possible. “Knowing me,” Osakue further explains, “I know that I have to lower ‘the fires,’ so that I can arrive at the appointment focused, with the right level of eagerness, but without ruining everything with anxiety and too high expectations. So yes, Rome 2024, I’m crossing my fingers and saying to myself … take it easy!”
The anticipation for Rome 2024 is shared by the entire Italian team. “The European Championships in Rome, at home, at the Olimpico, are perhaps the most important appointment of the coming season. In that stadium there is a dream. We will aim and I will also aim with the relay to take as many gold medals as possible,” said Olympic champion Filippo Tortu, interviewed by Radio TV Serie A with Rds.
“Next year will be crucial because there are two major appointments, the European Championships in Rome and the Olympics in Paris,” stressed middle distance runner Nadia Battocletti, speaking at the opening of the Trento Sports Festival.