The 2018 European Championships have just crossed their halfway point but co-founder Paul Bristow told press agency DPA that the multi-discipline event has already been well received.
“There is a tingle down my spine. It is really very satisfying. I am very proud to see the vision become reality,” Bristow said at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, where the athletics program takes place.
“All the feedback we have had from the federations has been good, the feedback from the broadcasters has been excellent and the feedback from the written press seems to be positive.
“The response from the general public, which is the ultimate piece in the jigsaw, also seems to be good. They are tuning in and watching in very good numbers.”
About 4500 athletes are currently competing across seven sports in Berlin and in Glasgow, where all the non-athletics sports – including swimming, golf rowing and triathlon – are being held.
Bristow, the general manager of the Championships said it was designed as “the antidote to football”, which takes a huge chunk of the sporting market share across Europe.