The European Taekwondo Championship was held in Tirana and hosted 1,000 athletes
For six days in a row, Tirana hosted the European Taekwondo Championship Under 21 and Albanian Open B2, bringing together over 1000 athletes from 35 European countries and 55 countries around the world. The Mayor of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Education, Sports and Youth, Endrit Hoxha, attended the matches of elite athletes at the "Feti Borova" Olympic Park. Veliaj emphasized that the development of such activities is also an excellent opportunity for the city's economy.
"It is an activity that has brought to Tirana over 1000 athletes, including coaches, family members, the team of caregivers and logistics, who have brought an infinity of opportunities that translate into the economy. But, even for many people who say how art and music can return to the economy, it is enough to look at this year that we were the European Youth Capital, how much was generated in the economy with all these activities. When the name of Tirana is raised, the value of the property also increases, the reputation of our city increases", he emphasized.
Tirana has applied to be the European Capital of Sport next year.
"I am glad that we have passed the test and we hope that this also strengthens our application in Brussels, to be the European Capital of Sport next year. I believe that today we have the opportunities: We have a stadium that has had international activities, which the city has managed with great seriousness and discipline, we came out white-faced and proud. We always talk about football because it is more commercial, but today we have a world champion in weightlifting, wrestling and the European Championships in Athletics", declared the head of the Municipality.
Veliaj underlined that in these years the Municipality of Tirana has paid attention to the improvement and addition of the sports infrastructure.
"Today we have the respective gyms, we have a track that has joined this sports infrastructure in Tirana, we have freed the swimming pools, where we are building several more football fields. I believe that today we are better prepared than we were a few months ago in terms of sports infrastructure, to be the European Capital of Sports. It would not have been possible if we had not made this investment together with the Government, together with the Ministry, which is today one of the most elite sports spaces in the Balkans", said Veliaj.