"We have achieved the desired goal - declared Ernesto Croci , president of the organizing committee and of Track & Field Master Grosseto - and everything is ready to welcome the better who will arrive in Maremma. As athletes, we focused on what are the needs of the participants: we worked convinced that it would be the first international post-pandemic master event, we then found ourselves organizing a European championship with the war in Europe and in a particular historical moment. Athletes will be rewarded with medals created by the Grosseto craftsman Andrea Cicerale and there will be an official song of the event created by Cinzia Monari together with other local musicians. It was a gamble for everyone, but now all that remains is to fully enjoy these days of sport. Thanks to the municipal administration who supported us, to the federations and to the many volunteers who will help us during the competitions ".
“Abbiamo raggiunto l’obiettivo sperato – ha dichiarato Ernesto Croci, presidente del comitato organizzatore e della società Track & Field Master Grosseto – ed è tutto pronto per accogliere al meglio chi arriverà in Maremma. Da atleti, ci siamo concentrati su quelle che sono le esigenze dei partecipanti: abbiamo lavorato convinti che sarebbe stata la prima manifestazione internazionale master post pandemia, ci siamo ritrovati poi a organizzare un campionato europeo con la guerra in Europa e in un particolare momento storico. Gli atleti verranno premiati con medaglie create dall’artigiano grossetano Andrea Cicerale e ci sarà una canzone ufficiale della manifestazione realizzata da Cinzia Monari insieme ad altri musicisti locali. È stata una scommessa per tutti, ma adesso non resta che goderci appieno queste giornate di sport. Un ringraziamento all’amministrazione comunale che ci ha supportato, alle federazioni e ai tanti volontari che ci aiuteranno durante le gare”.
Among the speeches, that of the mayor of Grosseto, Antonfrancesco Vivarelli Colonna : "It is an international event and we are thrilled to host a European level event, with a large number of people in the area . We are sure that discovering our city by competing, and living it in moments of relaxation between competitions, will represent an important opportunity to give a memory of Grosseto and the Maremma, which we hope will make the participants want to come back and visit us. A big thank you goes to the FIDAL president, Stefano Mei , with whom we are also working on future projects ". “With this event - explained the deputy mayor and municipal councilor for sport Fabrizio Rossi - we have attracted many sportsmen to Grosseto who will be able to enjoy the territory. Especially in this difficult period, it is wonderful to see how sport can create a sense of aggregation and belonging to a group, it can at the same time put in competition and unite ".
Also present was Gerardo Vaiani Lisi , outgoing treasurer of the European Masters Athletics, who donated to the mayor the philatelic cancellation of the centenary of the Assi Giglio Rosso Florence and underlined: "The European masters association has chosen the city of Grosseto for the hospitality always demonstrated, with an organizing committee made up of competent enthusiasts who took care of the details also to identify technical routes. The world of masters is trying to restart with renewed enthusiasm in a period with many problems: about thirty Ukrainian athletes are expected, who will have free registration. Our hope is that all athletes will return home with a heart full of wonderful sports days ".
An important space between the races on the calendar is reserved for Nordic walking. "We are very happy to take part in this important event which will be held in a beautiful area like the city of Grosseto and the Maremma" , declared the national manager for competitive Nordic walking Tiziano Ardemagni . "After a few years as an experimental discipline, Nordic walking is now an official discipline of athletics, recognized by the Federation, and participating in the non-stadia European Masters strengthens the work we are carrying out to spread our specialty to all levels ". CONI's support could not be missing with Elisabetta Teodosio , provincial delegate of Grosseto: “These Europeans represent a prestige for sport and for the city. I can only be proud that sport is once again the protagonist in Maremma: I thank the organizers who have continued to strongly believe in this event, in a difficult moment ".
To open and close the program, the walking competitions that will take place inside the Sandro Pertini park: 10 km on the morning of Friday 13, then Sunday afternoon 20 km for women and 30 km for men. There are three running races: 10 km on Friday at 18 with departure and arrival from the sports center in via Mercurio, then 5 km on Saturday morning from the Sandro Pertini park and finally the half marathon on Sunday morning (8.30) which will cross the historic center and the Medici walls, while Saturday afternoon at the Le Marze campsite will be dedicated to Nordic walking.