Tempo Para a Prova
A quarter of a century is a significant anniversary in the life of any organization.
The Rio Maior Race Walking International Grand Prix will reach that impressive age on 9 April this year and I am honoured to applaud such an outstanding achievement.
Rio Maior has become one of the strongest pillars upon which the annual IAAF Race Walking Challenge is based. Its tradition and its success has been achieved by consistent hard work and dedication which has established the event’s renowned organization credentials worldwide.
Our sport must be focused on athletes, they are our primary concern. The Rio Maior organizers have always recognized that priority. Combined with the local public’s enthusiasm in the competition which has been assisted by the fame of a long line of successful Portuguese race walkers, the Rio Maior Race Walking International Grand Prix has become a sporting institution.
I wish the organizers and all participants the very best for this year’s races which in an Olympic year will have even greater significance.