From June 3rd to 6th, Graz was the number 1 sports capital. 3,500 athletes, 250 competitions, 24 sports associations at 16 sports facilities in 4 days – those were the first Sport Austria Finals!
Vienna (OTS) – The first staging of the Sport Austria Finals with approx. 250 competitions from 24 sports associations in one place in Graz can, from the point of view of the ASKÖ, be seen as a great success for Austrian sport.
“Even if the end of the corona pandemic has led to restrictions in preparation and implementation this year, similar to Sweden or Germany, this format certainly has a future. I was present at many events on all competition days. I have so many beaming ones Experienced faces among the athletes, the environment and the organizers, regardless of the type of sport and which competition it was. For many, it is a great added value to be able to present yourself at a major event and to be involved in reporting For example at the Olympics, too. Great praise is also to be given to the sports facility operators, regardless of whether it is the ASKÖ Center in Eggenberg, the Union-Raffeisen-Park, the ASVÖ-Halle, the Blue Box or the Racket Sport Center , the ball park, the facility on the main square and everything else, they all offered the athletes a worthy setting and showed how much competitive sport is possible in Graz alone “, so ASKÖ President Hermann Krist in a first summary.
Krist continues: “I am convinced that the 2nd edition of the Sport Austria Finals in Graz will be even better in 2022, if spectators are allowed to attend and everything is well-rehearsed. I would also see a lot more media response for all sports Especially at ORF there is a lot of catching up to do, that was actually not acceptable. Here you should take an example from Germany, where ARD and ZDF broadcast live for over 25 hours. Now you know the product, now you can build, There’s room for improvement everywhere. You have to say a big thank you to Sport Austria, the associations, the Ministry of Sports, the state and the city for daring to do it this year, everyone’s good will was in abundance, and so it will be next year be sure to be back. “
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