Istanbul, Italy arrives. Tuesday is departure day for much of the blue shipment (which in total has 49 athletes, 25 men and 24 women) towards i European Indoor Championships in Turkey (March 2-5). (read here)
In the afternoon the Italian team has reached the Turkish capital, where the indoor continental review will be staged from Thursday, edition n. 37, marked, on this occasion, by solidarity and closeness to the Turkish people hard hit by the earthquake that devastated the border with Syria. Sport to restart.
Already since Wednesday morning the national team will have the opportunity to test the track and the dais of Atakoy Arena and the adjacent warm-up area of Sinan Erdem Sports Hall. In the evening, it will be time for the team meeting, to strengthen team spirit and welcome new arrivals in blue. So, on Thursday morning, for the sprinters will be held the classic training with the official starters. And a few hours later, from 5pm in Italy on Thursday (7pm in Turkey) it will already be time for Euroindoor with the first session that will see sixteen Azzurri engaged: the first to take to the track will be the eighth-hundreds Simone Barontini and Catalin Tecuceanu, at the same time as the high altitude world bronze Elena Vallortigara.
To see the Olympic champion on the track Marcell Jacobs we will have to wait for Saturday, with three rounds in less than twelve hours: heats from 7.20 am Italian time, semi-finals from 4.45 pm, final at 6.55 pm. (fidal.it)(photo@Colombo/Fidal)
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