Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top-Class Athletics Is Back in Region

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Top-Class Athletics Is Back in Region

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Rachel Wearmouth ? 0191 201-6477 ? rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk TEAM GB athletes are headed to the North East as the spotlight falls on Gateshead for an international sporting event.

It has been announced the 2013 European Athletics Team Championships will take place at Gateshead International Stadium.

The televised contest will see 11 teams battle it out against British track and field stars like Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis in an event which could rekindle the magic of the Olympics in the North East.

The European Athletics Council awarded Gateshead the competition this week.

It is hoped the event, due to be held on June 22 and June 23, will re-ignite the stadium's reputation as an international venue.

Brendan Foster, Nova International executive chairman, said: "The European Athletics Team Championships in 2013 will be the first time we will see Team GB in action in athletics after London 2012.

"A sporting event of this scale taking place in Gateshead International Stadium is an excellent opportunity for the venue to reaffirm its heritage and importance as a major regional athletics venue. …

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