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Some events are like comets – they shine and then go out. They disappear and nobody misses them. But there are also those events which are still remembered even after many years. They were in fact fixed stars of the sports heaven. They fascinated fans not only at home but also in the world for decades.
This is also the case of the athletics meeting in Bratislava, which, in its most famous era, was a part of the world elite IAAF Grand Prix. Renowned experts of the queen of sports called it with respect with flattering adjective “Zürich of the East” for years. It was characteristic for its traditionally strong international competition, great performances, including world and European records, and full stands.
In preparation of the 51st volume it relied on partners with which the most beautiful era of the meeting has been linked. It chose a combination of a successful multinational company (Slovnaft as part of the MOL Group) and renowned Slovak media: public institution Radio and Television (RTVS) and influential daily newspaper (Pravda). Under the logo of the most famous period, which is the work of a Slovak painter Miroslav Cipár, the meeting successfully returned to the world athletic scene on Saturday 4 June 2016.
Dear Athletics Supporters,
not even after one year, the legendary P-T-S is here again. In the athletic calendar, after last year’s forced move to September, it has returned to its traditional June date. The Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected the whole world, has not – thankfully – stopped her even now.
Although the situation is still not simple and strict epidemiological measures still make our lives extremely complicated (perhaps even more so for athletes), we have not resigned. Although it is not easy at all, we decided to hold the P-T-S meeting.
In this way, we want to help our top athletes in their efforts to qualify for the postponed Olympic Games in Tokyo. It is the bonus points that can be earned for ranking at P-T-S, as we have met the conditions for the meeting to have the silver status of the World Athletics Continental Tour series, which can be decisive in terms of obtaining a spot at the Olympics.
Therefore, we conceived the program of the 56th year as well as last year as a duel of the Slovak elite with the world’s leading athletes. We believe that even now we will see a festival of quality performances performed by our top and also our foreign rivals.
President of the Slovak Athletics Association and Organisation Committee of the P-T-S Meeting
President – Peter Korčok Vice President – Ladislav Asványi Meeting Director – Vladimír Gubrický Competition Director – Marco Adrien Drozda Communication Director – Michaela Grendelová Athlete Liaison – Alfons Juck
Contact Slovenský atletický zväz Junácka 6 831 04 Bratislava Phone: +421 2 38 15 55 00 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org