Radio Chablais – Jacky Delapierre: “Swiss athletics is going through an extraordinary period”

Radio Chablais – Jacky Delapierre: “Swiss athletics is going through an extraordinary period”
Radio Chablais – Jacky Delapierre: “Swiss athletics is going through an extraordinary period”

The 2024 edition of Athletissima intends to take advantage of its place in the calendar, around ten days after the Olympic Games. Some of the world’s stars will be present in Lausanne in August, as will the recent Swiss heroes of the Europeans in Rome.

The Swiss athletics delegation returned from Rome with nine medals, including four gold. A total which makes these European Championships the most successful in its history. These athletes, most of whom will participate in the next Olympic Games in Paris, will be present at Athletissima in August, with the exception of Angelica Moser.

This momentum within red and white cross athletics represents a source of pride for the director of the Lausanne event, Jacky Delapierre. “ With the Zurich Weltklasse, we are at the base of this revival of this sport in Switzerland. It started in 2010, continued with the European Championships on our soil, to arrive here, with this advent in Rome. Swiss athletics is going through an extraordinary period and is constantly progressing “, he says.

Tickets are selling like hotcakes

Thus, in addition to world superstars – such as pole vaulter Armand Duplantis, high jumper Nicola Olyslagers and sprinter Femke Bol – Timothé Mumenthaler, Mujinga and Ditaji Kambundji and even Simon Ehammer will be present at Pontaise.

And, it is quite a symbol, the sale of sesames for Athletissima has also taken off quite well. “ It is a surprise. With more than two months to go before the event, 10,000 of the 13,000 tickets have been sold. This demonstrates this incredible enthusiasm », testifies Jacky Delapierre.

Thierry Nicolet

The interview with Jacky Delapierre

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