2024 Virtus World and European Indoor Athletics Declared Open

The 2024 Virtus World and European Indoor Athletics commenced today in Reims, France, amidst a vibrant display of local programs and an exuberant athlete’s parade. The event concludes on 24th February.

Nations such as Belgium, France, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Spain, and Turkey are set to compete fiercely for top honours in this esteemed competition.

Reims, the “city of coronations,” is the 12th largest city in France, with 182,000 residents. It’s in the Grand Est region, serving as a sub-prefecture of the Marne department. Notable for its UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, Reims offers rich historical exploration. Nature enthusiasts can enjoy walks in Montagne de Reims Regional Nature Park, famous for Champagne vineyards. Festivals like music events, the Christmas market (3rd largest in France), and Johannine celebrations provide cultural vibrancy year-round.

In sports, Reims excels nationally in basketball, hockey, water polo, and football, notably led by Stade de Reims, six-time French champions. The annual Run in Reims race attracts over 15,000 participants. Additionally, Reims will play a part in the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, hosting the Olympic flame and select delegations

Marc Truffaut, President of Fédération Française du Sport Adapté, extended a heartfelt greeting to all participants and technical committees. He remarked,

We are thrilled to welcome you all to Reims, especially in this exciting Paralympic Year with the upcoming games in Paris, France. Your performances here in the next few days could be the stepping stone to your success in September.”

Echoing Truffaut’s sentiments, Jose Pereira, the Virtus Sport Director for Athletics, added,

Today marks the beginning of an incredible journey for all of us. With the spirit of sportsmanship and determination, let us embrace the challenges ahead and showcase the true essence of athletics.”

With anticipation building, Pereira officially declared the event open, setting the stage for days filled with thrilling displays of athleticism and camaraderie. As the world’s gaze turns to Reims, spectators and participants alike eagerly await the inspiring moments that will unfold on the track and field.