Tallinn is sponsoring and hosting more than 100 international high-level sports competitions in 2020. This includes 9 World and European Championships, 15 World and European Cups, and more than 76 other international competitions organized by sports federations, both in individual and team sports.
According to Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev, the city of Tallinn will sponsor more than a hundred major international sports events this year, with the support totalling €766,280. There are 24 World and European Championships or World and European Cup competitions taking place which reach over different disciplines and age categories.
“It is a great pleasure for the city to continue supporting several top sports events that draw the attention of sports fans to Tallinn and Estonia. For example, this year's best juniors in figure skating, Europe's best in Taekwondo, the best of the U18 Ice Hockey Division II, Group A, will will be revealed here in Tallinn,” Belobrovtsev noted. The competitions which are spread throughout the year bring thousands of athletes from over 100 countries to Tallinn.
"In addition, the 2020 UEFA European Under-17 Championship will be held in Tallinn, which is the largest football tournament in Estonia to date featuring 15 of the under-17 European national teams and of course, the Estonian U17 team will also participate, this time as a hosting country," added the Deputy Mayor.
Tondiraba Ice Hall will host the International Skating Union’s (ISU) World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2020 from 2.03-8.03. The competition is the most important event in the figure skating at junior level. About 775 participants and more than 1000 spectators are expected to attend.
“This is a high-level figure skating competition, where the junior medal winners often compete in the same year's adult ISU title competitions. About 200 athletes from 44-47 countries are coming to Tallinn for the event. The exact number will be known by February 10th. Estonia is represented in three areas: women's and men's singles and ice dancing. Our representatives at the championship will be announced at the Estonian Youth Championships in the Tondiraba Ice Hall on 1.02-2.02” said Gunnar Kuura, the executive secretary of the Estonian Skating Union.
The iconic extreme sports festival Simple Session will celebrate its’ 20th anniversary 8.02-9.02 this year. During the two-day festival, more than 180 top-level participants from 35 countries will be competing, among them the world’s best BMX riders and skateboarders showing their biggest tricks.
Park and street skateboarding and BMX freestyle park have also been added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic programme. We are looking forward to the upcoming events keeping in mind that among the Estonians is a very talented scooter and BMX trickster Roomet Säälik (19). For the first time, Simple Session will also be hosting an Open Session from 10.02-11.02 meant for the locals.
"In twenty years, Simple Session has grown to become one of the most important extreme sports competitions in the world, not only with a impressive line-up. This time, more than 50 X-Games medal winners will be there and also spectators from 25 countries," said Mario Kalmre, the main organiser of Simple Session.