From now on, the arena of Lutsk stadium “Avangard” can host the most prestigious international track-and-field meets, including European Senior Championships and World Junior Championships.

New capabilities have opened up for “Avangard” after it was certified as the Class 2 Athletic Facility. The event that both sportsmen and all those who have joined in the renovation of the track-and-field complex have been waiting for, was informed about in the letter sent to the address of the office of the Ukrainian Athletics Federation from International Association of Athletics Federations with the signatures of Sebastian Coe, an IAAF President, and Jorge Salcedo, an IAAF Technical Committee Chairman.

Let us recall that in the summer of 2015, due to the collaboration of Regional and All-Ukrainian Athletics Federations with Ihor Palytsia Foundation “United Together”, an outstanding renovation of “Avangard” was realized. All requirements that have been written for certification were taken into account during the reconstruction. The track-and-field complex was renewed: the asphalt covering was changed to the new athletic track surface by Switzerland Company “Conica”; the  athletic track was striped; the sector for throws and the jumping place were equipped; and old-fashioned utility systems were changed. The cost of the rebuilding project of “Avangard” was about 6,5 million Ukrainian hryvnias. Simultaneously, “Sportyvne Yadro”, a training complex which is based in Lesia Ukrainka East European National University stadium, was renovated. The renovation of this facility, which cost more than 2,5 million Ukrainian hryvnias, was financed by Ihor Palytsia’s parents, Petro Yakovych and Tetiana Yosypivna, themselves. The additional stadium was a mandatory condition of the certification.

The official opening was on the 5th of September, 2015.

September through February the works on “Avangard” certification continued. Specialists headed by Iolanta Khropach, the head of the competition department of the Ukrainian Athletics Federation, were making numerous measurements and allowances.  Finally, the goal was achieved!

“Congratulations to the entire athletics community of the region with the event that opens prospects of sport growth in Lutsk”, is written in the statement on the official page of Volyn Athletics Federation.


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