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Countdown to European Indoor Championships

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European Championship silver medallist, Nathan Douglas, was in central Birmingham on Thursday to officially activate the Seiko countdown clock for the European Athletics Indoor Championships which will be staged at the  NIA 2-4 March.

Thursday 11 January marked the 50 day countdown for the Championships and

Douglas, who lives and trains in Birmingham aims to join the Norwich Union Great Britain and Northern Ireland team taking part in the event.


Douglas said: “The countdown clock will not only remind people in the city that the event will soon be here, but will also remind athletes and spectators who will be visiting the NIA over the next few weeks that the focal event for the indoor season is coming. It will also be a daily reminder on my way to training of what it’s all for.”

 

The local organising committee plans for the event are going well as Championships Director Brian Stocks explains: “We are pleased with how we are progressing for the event and I am sure the activation of the countdown clock will remind the team that we are now in the home straight as we sprint towards the start of this Championships.


“Ticket sales have been great, hundreds of volunteers have recently come forward and we are starting to dress the city in preparation for the arrival of some of the continent’s and world’s best athletes.”


With Sunday 4th March selling out and limited availability on Saturday 3rd March, fans face a race against the clock quite literally to get hold of tickets - however there are still tickets available for Friday 2nd March which could see the likes of Douglas, Ashia Hansen and Kelly Sotherton competing.


Douglas believes that with home crowd support local athletes have a good chance of winning medals: “It would be great to have a passionate local crowd supporting us on the Friday of the Championships. We have very few opportunities to compete in a major athletics championships on home soil so I am sure that the GB team and Birmingham based athletes in particular will be looking to make the most of this opportunity.”