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Benvenuti a Bologna!

Benvenuti, warmly welcome to Bologna, wishes the police officer friendly in the arriving hall of the Airport.

He has also with couple of officials of the Organizing Committee. – “Could you please tell your name and how many weapons do you have with you”, the officer asks friendly when checking the name list. After telling him my name, he answers immediately after finding my name and position: So you don´t have any weapons and you do not shoot at the championship. – “No, I shoot only with my cameras”, I answer and give a smile to him. The officer and officials give me a smile back too. –“Benvenuti, warmly welcome again, we´ll take you to the hotel”.

The first impressions were so nice and comfortable, that I even nearly forgot that the German carrier had forgotten my luggage to Frankfurt. The warm welcome continued also when stepping out from the arriving hall. Mild and slow wind welcomed me outside of the hall. The thermometer showed still +24C and it was already half past seven.

The 25m, 50m and 300m European Championship will be organized here in Bologna again after seven years. The 300m Rifle event will be organized in Tolmezzo. 2012 Bologna organized the Junior European Championship and the Big Championship were competed in 1991. The Championship will start officially on Saturday, 14th August with the 50m Rifle prone Junior Women and Men and the Opening Ceremony starts at 19.00 at the Shooting Range.

There is 510 athletes from 39 countries and 908 starts. The number of technical officials is 205, 44 judges will follow that everything runs smoothly. From the Bologna Shooting Sport Club there is also 63 persons who are working with the 16 members of Italian Shooting Sport Federation (pistol/rifle).

The famous pistol shooter Roberto DiDonna is the president of the Organizing Committee.

His right and left hand when speaking the competition running is very experienced Piero Fenati.

“The Organization Committee has full filled all our wishes and even more. We will be in good hands”, thanked the ESC Technical Delegate Yair Davidovich after the Technical Meeting organized in the new Final Hall which has been built for the Championship.

On the wall of the Final Hall stand words “Italian Passion”. It full fills when you are looking around the hall. White seat for spectators surrounded with warm strong colors, new kind of design in posters and advertisements etc. You can really feel the passion. Bevenuti!

Results can be found here.

Photos can be found here.

Risto Aarrekivi

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