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Belgium, Slovenia and Turkey book last EuroVolley2013 tickets

The 16 teams for the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men are found.

Belgium, Slovenia and Turkey booked the last three tickets for the Final Round of EuroVolley2013 and join Denmark, Poland, Serbia, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, France and the Czech Republic.

In the third qualification round Belgium needed a Golden Set to book their EuroVolley2013 ticket after having won over Greece 3-0 away and lost 2-3 and home. Slovenia downed Croatia 3-1 and 3-0. And finally Turkey beat Latvia 3-0 at home, lost 2-3 away and then won the Golden Set.

”It is really nice to know all the team in all the pools with just a little more than 100 days to EuroVolley2013 begins. We are looking forward seeing Belgium and Slovenia in Denmark. Also a big congratulations to Turkey with a great performance in their third round qualification matches,” says Mads Bang Aaen, Managing

Director of the local Organizing Committee in Denmark.

The 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men is played the 20th-29th of September in Denmark and Poland.

Facts about the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men

• Denmark and Poland co-host the championship. Both countries have two preliminary pools with four nations in each. Semi-finals and the final are played in Denmark.

• It is the first time that both nations host a European Championship.

• The European Volleyball Championship takes place from the 20th of September to the 29th of September 2013.

• The arenas in Denmark are: Odense (Arena Fyn), Herning (Boxen), Aarhus (NRGi Arena) and Copenhagen (Parken).

• The arenas in Poland are: Gdansk (Ergo Arena) and Gdynia (Sports Hall).

• VELUX is title sponsor of the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men.

• The Danish partners for the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship are: Sport Event Denmark, Odense, Herning, Aarhus and Copenhagen.

• Serbia is defending European Champions.

• Russia is ruling Olympic Champions.

• Qualified countries: Denmark and Poland are qualified as host nations. Serbia, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Netherlands, Finland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium and Turkey.

• Web: www.eurovolley2013.dk

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/eurovolley2013

• Twitter: www.twitter.com/eurovolley2013 #ev2013

• YouTube: www.youtube.com/eurovolleyball2013

• Buy tickets here: https://volleyball.www2.dk/

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2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta could be staged in beautiful Denmark

Today the Danish bid for 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta was presented to FISA Masters Rowing Commission in London. Should the event be awarded Denmark, the participants will have a scenic venue on a natural lake in a beautiful forest just 10 miles from Copenhagen – the capital awarded Sport Event City 2011.

“The presentation went very well and I’m confident that our strong bid more than met the objectives of FISA. We will make the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta a celebration of our sport, mixing the rowers’ sport performances with spectator friendly surroundings and services. We are confident that we can show an event of high international standard in the beautiful and natural surroundings of Lake Bagsvaerd, with everything at close range and handled by experienced event partners,” says Henning Bay Nielsen, president of the Danish Rowing Federation.

“It was a very nice presentation, and there might be a big interest for coming to Copenhagen. There are many Danish masters rowers, who over the years have contributed to promote masters rowing. A masters event in Denmark could be payback time,” says Tone Pahle, chair of FISA Masters Rowing Commission.

“The Danish coastline is 7,314 km and Denmark has more than 1,000 lakes. This explains why Denmark has a long-standing and strong tradition for rowing on both elite and recreational levels. Nevertheless it has been quite some years since Denmark last hosted a rowing World Championship and we are very pleased to present the Danish bid for the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta,” says Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark that will partner the event.

Lake Bagsvaerd is a natural lake surrounded by beautiful Danish forest. The lake has been used for international rowing events for many decades. Previously numerous international rowing regattas were staged at the lake, for example the 1987 World Rowing Championships and the 2000 U23 World Rowing Championships.

Lake Bagsvaerd is in the middle of a forest but the regatta facilities are less than 10 miles away from the city hall square (and Tivoli) in the center of Copenhagen with easy access. Copenhagen is the main hub for all air travel in this region of Northern Europe. Its stunning international airport is one of the newest in Europe and serves all the major airlines in the world.

Lately Canoe Marathon World Cup 2012 was held at Lake Bagsvaerd and 2013 Canoe Marathon World Championships and 2015 Canoe Sprint World Cup will take place here.

The bid for the 2016 World Rowing Masters Regatta was presented by the Danish Rowing Federation, Sport Event Denmark and the Cities of Copenhagen, Gladsaxe and Lyngby- Taarbaek. With these committed partners in place, Denmark has thus many years of event planning experience to offer to FISA.

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EuroVolley2013 goes mobile

Now volley fans from all over the world can download the official EuroVolley2013 app to their smartphones for free.

The organizers of the men’s 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship have created an app for smartphones, so the excitement, the thrill, and world class volleyball of this major sport event will be accessible to all volleyball fans, wherever they are.

“EuroVolley2013 shall be a party for both the players and the fans. This app is probably mostly for the fans, and it will give you all the news, the match schedule, live score, facts about the players, pictures, and videos. And you can purchase tickets for the matches in Denmark directly on the phone. The app is of course free of charge,” says Managing Director of the local Organizing Committee in Denmark.

You can download the EuroVolley2013 app for both iPhone and Android.

Facts about the 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship, Men

• Denmark and Poland co-host the championship. Both countries have two preliminary pools with four nations in each. Semi-finals and the final are played in Denmark.

• It is the first time that both nations host a European Championship.

• The European Volleyball Championship takes place from the 20th of September to the 29th of September 2013.

• The arenas in Denmark are: Odense (Arena Fyn), Herning (Boxen), Aarhus (NRGi Arena) and Copenhagen (Parken).

• The arenas in Poland are: Gdansk (Ergo Arena) and Gdynia (Sports Hall).

• VELUX is title sponsor of the 2013 European Volleyball Championships.

• The Danish partners for the 2013 European Volleyball Championships are: Sport Event Denmark, Odense, Herning, Aarhus and Copenhagen.

• Serbia is defending European Champions.

• Russia is ruling Olympic Champions.

• Qualified countries: Denmark and Poland are qualified as host nations. Serbia, Italy, Russia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Belarus, The Netherlands, Finland, Germany, France and the Czech Republic. The last three of a total 16 nations will be found in the European qualifications third round in June 2013. Here Croatia faces Slovenia, Greece faces Belgium and Turkey faces Latvia.

• Web: www.eurovolley2013.dk

• Facebook: www.facebook.com/eurovolley2013

• Twitter: www.twitter.com/eurovolley2013 #ev2013

• YouTube: www.youtube.com/eurovolleyball2013

• Buy tickets here: https://volleyball.www2.dk/

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Latest Global Sports Nation Index Announced – Denmark no. 18

China has retained its place as the leading global sports nation for 2013, according to the second annual edition of the Sportcal report that analyses the success of nations in attracting major sports events. Denmark has leapfrogged both Sweden and Australia into 18th place. Although no new events were awarded to the three countries, Denmark benefitted from increased weightings for the five world championships it will host in 2014 and 2015.

The Global Sports Impact (GSI) Project is an extensive study by Sportcal, the leading sports market research company, which has analysed over 700 major sporting events between 2008 and 2019. Events that have been included in the study are events that are regularly rotated throughout the world and can be hosted in more than one continent.

Two new events have been awarded to China since the first edition of the report in November 2012; the 2014 World Men’s Curling Championship and 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. The country has taken a noticeable step back from bidding for major events with the recent announcement that it is to concentrate on a ‘Sport for All’ policy rather than hosting major sports events.

China faces a new challenger in the shape of Canada. Canada is the most significant mover in the top 20 up three places to second. This is due to a strong period of landing world championships in curling, swimming and ice hockey, as well two major events slated for 2015: Pan American Games and the Fifa Women’s World Cup.

Top Twenty Global Sports Nations 2013 (2012)

1 China 44,369 (1)

2 Canada 39,032 (5)

3 Russia 38,137 (3)

4 United Kingdom 37,421 (2)

5 Italy 35,157 (4)

6 Germany 28,345 (6)

7 USA 24,560 (9)

8 Brazil 24,001 (8)

9 Korea 23,528 (12)

10 France 22,995 (7)

11 Spain 21,907 (11)

12 Netherlands 21,418 (10)

13 Turkey 17,192 (14)

14 Japan 16,251 (13)

15 Austria 14,874 (17)

16 Poland 14,717 (16)

17 Czech Republic 13,343 (21)

18 Denmark 11,882 (20)

19 Sweden 11,880 (18)

20 Australia 11,505 (19)

For a full list of nations please visit, www.sportcal.com/gsi

Russia retains third spot. Whilst no major new events were awarded in the last six months, the country faces a big year ahead. The summer Universiade and athletics’ IAAF World Championships are taking place in Kazan and Moscow, respectively, in July and August. The 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi also loom large on the horizon raising the prospect that Russia could be the leading nation in 2014.

The UK has dropped two spots to fourth. The UK will be confident of regaining ground in the years to come when the ‘Gold Event Series’ kicks into gear. The campaign is run by UK Sport, the sports funding and administration body and the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Gold Event Series aims to bring a total of 70 top sports events to the country over the next six years, more than half of which will be either world or European championships in the likes of diving, field hockey, figure skating and boxing.

The gap between China and the chasing three has reduced considerably in 2013 and with the prospect of the Beijing Olympics 2008 dropping out of the index in 2014 the chances of a new leading nation in 2014 are very high. There are less than 4,000 points separating Canada in second and Italy, which will stage the 2013 winter Universiade in Trentino, in fifth. Germany retains its sixth place.

USA is up two places to seventh, after landing world championships in wrestling (2015) and women’s ice hockey (2017). Brazil stays eighth. The South American country has moved away from the bidding arena as it focuses on delivery of venues and infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

South Korea is another notable riser, up three spots to nine. This is largely due to increased weightings for its hosting of the 2014 Asian Games (Incheon), 2015 summer Universiade (Gwangju) and 2018 winter Olympics (PyeongChang).

France rounds out the top 10, down three places on 2012 due to a lack of new event announcements. However, the launch of the French Committee of International Sport, a new international sports relations strategy co-ordination group acting on behalf of France’s sports ministry and the CNOSF, the country’s national Olympic committee in April, is likely to lead to a ramp up in bidding activity. It aims to “consolidate and strengthen” the international influence of French sport.

Turkey (13) and Japan (14) – two countries looking to land the 2020 Olympic Games – have swapped places on the index this year, with their other rival Spain unmoved in 11th.

After being awarded the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, and with a strong series of events lined up over the next two years, the Czech Republic is a new entrant to the top 20 this year, in at 17, ousting Switzerland from the list.

Denmark has leapfrogged both Sweden and Australia into 18th place. Although no new events were awarded to the three countries, Denmark benefitted from increased weightings for the five world championships it will host in 2014 and 2015.

The Global Sports Impact project aims to create an internationally accepted methodology for measuring the impact of sports events across the globe. The project enables events to be compared across a standard set of indicators.

Global Sports Impact has been developed through a consultative process involving a wide range of experts and academics and has been supported by a variety of government organisations and academic institutions. Each event is given a global sports index weighting based on a set of criteria which has been determined by over 200 sports industry experts. Lead partners of the project are UK Sport and Singapore Sports Council with supporting partners JTA and Sagacity. ISEAL from Victoria, Melbourne are the lead academic partner with support from other academic institutes throughout the world.

For further information on the Global Sports Impact Project visit www.sportcal.com/gsi or contact us on +44 20 8944 8786 or gsi@sportcal.com.

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Royal Participation in EXPERIENCE DENMARK at the CHIO

H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary and H.R.H. Princess Benedikte will visit when Danish business, culture and tourism are showcased in Germany from 23-30 June during this year’s World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, where Denmark is the official partner country.

H.R.H. Crown Princess Mary and H.R.H. Princess Benedikte will be present at the festive city parade at the Aachen Marketplace and they will also attend the official CHIO Opening Ceremony where alongside 40,000 spectators, they will experience a spectacular show that includes tattoo performances of the Danish Royal Life Guard’s Music Corps, the Guard Hussar Regiment’s Mounted Squadron, one of the Danish royal coaches, and not least a welcome speech by H.R.H. Princess Benedikte.

The programme for the royal representatives of Denmark also includes a visit to EXPERIENCE DENMARK’s 530 m2 large exhibition area, “the Danish Village”, where a number of Danish companies and organisations are represented. Present in the exhibition area are among others Living Home, a real size Danish holiday home that not only gives its visitors the feeling of what holiday in Denmark is like but also represents the best of Danish design and sustainable energy solutions. Among the Danish exhibition stands are also an ECCO pop-up lifestyle store, and visitors will get a chance to buy tickets for the European Championships 2013 taking place in Herning in August.

“The ECCO FEI European Championships in jumping, dressage and para-dressage in Denmark this year entails new opportunities for strengthening business relations across boarders. In connection with EXPERIENCE DENMARK in Aachen we see how sport events can be effectively used to promote Danish business strengths and Denmark as a tourism destination in general,” says Lars Lundov, CEO in Sport Event Denmark, who is a partner in the EXPERIENCE DENMARK initiative in Aachen as well as the European Championships in Herning.

In Aachen, EXPERIENCE DENMARK initiates a range of experience-based activities contributing to the branding of Denmark and Danish business, culture and tourism. For example, ECCO is hosting a number of shows in The Danish Village giving an insight into the latest trends in Danish Fashion. Throughout the week, VisitDenmark and a number of partners from the Danish tourism industry will create a wealth of exciting activities allowing visitors to experience Denmark and the specialities of each Danish region with all senses. As such, EXPERIENCE DENMARK is extending the great experiences from IMAGINATION, an extensive Danish marketing drive during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “Our experience shows that these large international sport events are extremely effective in terms of communicating Danish experiences, products and competencies in an involving and different way,” states Jan Olsen, CEO of VisitDenmark.

EXPERIENCE DENMARK is led by the marketing and communication agency Crone & Co which is specialised in event management and experience-based communication. CEO René Crone says: “An event like this is the perfect opportunity for Danish business, culture and tourism to present themselves to a German and international audience via experienceoriented and involving initiatives. Denmark is very proud to be the official partner country of the CHIO Aachen 2013, and we are looking forward to bring a piece of Denmark to Germany for this extraordinary event which is visited by more than 350,000 people each year”.

Background:

EXPERIENCE DENMARK is the title of a collected experiential presentation of Danish business, culture and tourism at international events. It will be presented in Germany on 23 – 30 June 2103 during the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen, where Denmark is this year’s official partner country.

Denmark has been as selected partner country of the CHIO Aachen 2013 as a result of Denmark hosting the ECCO FEI European Championships in jumping, dressage and para-dressage in August 2013. The Championships are organised in cooperation between the Danish Equestrian Federation, Sport Event Denmark, European-Herning ApS and the city of Herning.

Contributing to the PR and public exposure of EXPERIENCE DENMARK and the Danish partnership with CHIO Aachen are ECCO, VisitDenmark, the Royal Danish Embassy in Berlin and the Branding Denmark Fund.

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Phenomenal cycling days at UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo

UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo this weekend was a great event with more than 1750 entries in the Time Trial and Road Race in this European Qualifier for the 2013 UCI World Cycling Tour Final in Trento in September.

The World’s largest Time Trial was held in Elsinore on Friday with 730 entries in a buzzing atmosphere in the town that Hamlet made famous. 1.000 riders were on the streets in the road race Sunday creating a new spring classic in Denmark. A fantastic racing weekend that set new standards for organizing cycling races in Denmark.

“Together with Wonderful Copenhagen, Sport Event Denmark and the cities of Elsinore and Copenhagen we set new standards and created a new way of organizing cycling races for all in Denmark. The participants not only took part in the UCI World Cycling Tour, they also rode like a pro and we’ve heard so many great things and saw many happy and tired faces in the two race days,” says Race Director Thomas Veje Olsen from YWC Sports.

1.000 riders were lined up next to the Danish national stadium, Parken, and ahead of them was a 145 km ride that also took them through two gravel sections that made this a special Danish spring classic.

“It was an amazing race and the cyclists totally reclaimed the streets. I really enjoyed racing on the roads where cars and trucks normally rule. We had a nice peloton going and got our own lead motorbike out front which took us blazing through traffic intersections and the Copenhagen suburbs, while people cheered and clapped. We could cut through the corners without being nervous for cars or traffic. As we hammered down towards the finish line with advertisements and banners it felt like being in the Tour de France. It was literally like being a pro for a day,” says Mads Korsager Nielsen, who finished the road race in 4:02:56.

Next year’s race is scheduled for the end of May 2014 and registration will open soon.

Photos

Can be used for editorial use only. Credit: Martin Paldan/UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo 2013

Time Trial:

https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/100929241110782430739/albums/587782872514154651

Road Race:

https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/100929241110782430739/albums/5877818114114737025

Facts:

• UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo – Part of the UCI World Cycling Tour

• May 10: 26,5 km Time Trial with start and finish in Elsinore, the home of Kronborg Castle from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

• May 12: 145 km Road Race with start and finish next to the national stadium, Parken in downtown Copenhagen

• UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo is a part of the UCI World Cycling Tour, the World Championships for all

• Race your bike like a pro with blocked off roads, lots of service and heavy focus on safety

• Limit: 780 participants in the Time Trial

• Limit: 2,500 participants in the Road Race

• 400 flag posts and officials

• 75 traffic officials

• 25 Police Home Guard, Police and medical team

The event is organized by YWC Sports. Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen, Copenhagen Municipality and Elsinore Municipality partner the event. Contributing to the PR and public exposure of this partnership is The Branding Denmark Fund.

Web: copenhagengranfondo.com

Facebook: facebook.com/uciworldcyclingtourcopenhagen

Instagram hashtag: #copenhagengranfondo

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Golf: European Tour 2014 – 2016 Made in Denmark

Denmark will now a have golf tournament on the European Tour. From 2014 to 2016, a new Danish golf tournament, Made in Denmark will become part of the European Tour. It has just been announced at a press conference today.

Made in Denmark is from 2014, the title of the new Danish golf tournament on the European Tour. The venue for the tournament is the recently renovated BACKTEE New Course at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort. Made in Denmark will have a prize fund of 1,5 million Euro.

Thomas Bjorn said: “It’s fantastic news for the Tour and the country that we’re having a new tournament in Denmark next year. I think Himmerland will be a perfect venue, and I hope the Danish golf fans will come along and support the tournament in good numbers. With Thorbjørn [Olesen] playing so well and a lot good young amateurs coming through the ranks, it’s a good time for Danish golf and having a European Tour event in Denmark can only help grow the game even more.”

“My first win as a professional was the Himmerland Open on the Challenge Tour in 1995, so in many ways that’s where it all began for me. I remember winning in the play-off and it was a great feeling to get your first professional victory, especially as it was in my home country. It would be lovely to win at home again on the main Tour almost 20 years later, but most of all I hope the tournament is a great success – and I’m sure it will be.”

George O’Grady, CEO, European Tour said:” It is very big for European Tour to go to Denmark. With the Danes European Tour has got fine partners with great visions and plans. The quality of the course is very high. European Tour is very lucky to salute this vision and we have found another very, very strong and visionary partner.”

Lars Larsen, owner of JYSK and Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, said: “This dream opportunity has now become a reality. Made in Denmark will focus partly on Danish golf, but also focus on Denmark as a golfing destination. By working with a number of sponsors, Sport Event Denmark and other organizations across the North Jutland region, we will ensure that Danish design and innovation are both integral to the event marketing.”

Lars Lundov, CEO, Sport Event Denmark, said: “Made in Denmark complements our impressive event list for 2014, as Denmark also hosts the Men’s Handball European Championship, BWF World Badminton Championships and the IAAF World Half Marathon championships. With golf joining the Olympics in 2016, we will now have even more focus on the sport. Along with the team behind Made in Denmark, we will therefore also ensure that there will be side activities at the tournament to encourage Danes and visitors to get into golf.”

FACT SHEET:

Golf Course:

• Made in Denmark will be staged on Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort recently renovated BACKTEE New Course.

• The course was redesigned by the Dane Philip Christian Spogárd from Spogárd & Vander Vaart.

• BACKTEE New Course is approx. 6800 meters long.

• Par is 72 (Hole 11 is usually played as a Par 6 hole, but during the tournament it will be played as a Par 5)

• Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort offers besides BACKTEE New Course also Garia Old Course and a 9 hole Pitch & Putt course.

Dates:

• Agreement with the European Tour is provisionally applicable for 2014, 2015 and 2016

• In 2014 and 2015, the settlement date, week 33, while in relation to 2016 is awaiting the final date for the Olympics in Rio where golf is on the program for the first time.

• Dates in 2014 are Thursday to Sunday 14 – 17 August

European Tour:

• European Tour consists of approx. 50 annual tournaments mainly in Europe but also in Asia, Australia and Africa.

• Made in Denmark will bring together 156 players from around the world, including approximately. 15-20 Danish European Tour players as well as wildcards.

• The number of participating countries is about. 35

• The tournament is counting towards the Race to Dubai Ranking and the World Golf Ranking.

The people behind the tournament:

• Made in Denmark is operated as a fund Jysk Holding as guarantor

• The event is run by a board and a working group consisting of Thomas Nielsen, Golf Manager in Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Claus Birk Larsen, Managing Director, Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Lars Larsen and Flemming Astrup, GolfPromote

• Promoter of the tournament is Flemming Astrup, who through his work with the Scandinavian satellite tour; ECCO Tour has been behind more than 150 professional golf tournaments including 7 European Challenge Tours

Economy:

• The total budget for 2014-2016 is about 14 million Euro, raised in cooperation between sponsors and national, regional and municipal bodies, including Sport Event Denmark and the Danish Golf Union.

• The tournament will have no title sponsor. Sponsor structure is 10-12 main sponsors as well as 15-20 partners.

• Preliminary main sponsors are, Nordea, ECCO, PWC, Willis, SAP, Mercedes Benz, Einer Hessel, Hilding Anders, Freja Transport, JYSK and Garia.

• Prize money will be DKK 1,5 million Euro, of which approx. 270.000 Euro goes to the winner.

Contact:

Lars Lundov – ll@sporteventdenmark.com +45 4031 4855

Claus Birk Larsen – cbl@himmerlandgolf.dk +45 4013 7787

Flemming Astrup – fa@golfpromote.dk +45 4090 1960

Website: • www.madeindenmarkgolf.dk (site is until further only in Danish)

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Denmark Considers 2018 Sailing World Championships Bid as ISAF Arrives in Copenhagen

As it prepares to host the ISAF mid-year meeting in Copenhagen from Thursday May 9-12, Denmark is considering bidding to stage the 2018 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

“In the light of the many sailing event activities in Denmark, it is only natural to go for the sailing event of them all – the ISAF Sailing World Championship,” said Lars Lundov, CEO of Sport Event Denmark, the national sport event organiser that has – together with the national sailing federation, the clubs and host cities – supported and been awarded many international sailing events. “We look forward to examining the specifics of the bid condition for 2018.”

The jewel in Denmark’s sailing calendar this year is the 49er, and first ever 49er FX, European Championships in Aarhus from June 29 to July 7. It is the latest in a long list of events that have seen Denmark become a sailing destination. Aarhus, which would be the host city for the 2018 bid, will also host the 29er World Championships from July 26 to August 2, whilst Middelfart hosts international match racing with the Nations Cup from August 6-10.

“We have been preparing for the last 3 or 4 years – actually we’ve been preparing for this event since 1999, when we made the first (world championships) bid,” said Thomas Capitani, the executive director of Sailing Aarhus. “We’ve never been more ready to host the biggest Olympic class sailing event in the world. We have been improving our skills on all different levels. Our race committee is more international and skilled because we have hosted multiple international events every year for the last ten years. The technical side of it should be no problem.”

The presence of ISAF in Copenhagen this week further underlines Denmark’s leading role on the world sailing stage. Amendments to ISAF Regulations are the main topics with two relating to ISAF events and the Olympic Sailing Competition Qualification System.

But most crucially sailing needs to protect its position in the Olympics and Denmark has been at the forefront of making it more understandable and popular with a wider audience.

“We have been working continuously with our media set-up, making sailing more popular and easy to understand online but also making it more popular for onsite spectators,” said Capitani. “This year we are hosting the 49er Europeans simultaneously with a Tall Ships race event. There will be more than a hundred Tall Ships at the start in Aarhus, so we expect to have half a million people at the venue at the same time as the finals of the 49er European Championships.”

Editor’s Notes:

The 2013 ISAF Mid-Year Meetings will take place in the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel from May 9-12.

The ISAF Council meet on Saturday May 11 from 09:30 to 17:00 (local time) with a dedicated live stream available online for the first time. Simultaneous translation services will be available for delegates in French and Spanish. The live stream will be provided by sportsXstream, who are experienced in tracking and live video for sailing events, and can be found here: www.sportsxstream.com/isafmeeting2013

The 2013 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting is supported by the Danish Sailing Association, Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen and the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark.

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90 countries ready to broadcast EuroVolley2013

From Bosnia to Brazil, from Canada to Cameroun and from the Gaza Strip to Ghana. The interest for the forthcoming 2013 CEV VELUX Volleyball European Championship – Men in Denmark and Poland is huge. With 150 days to the first ball is served, 90 countries have bought the TV-rights.

The interest for EuroVolley2013 is huge and still growing. With 150 days to the first blue and yellow Mikasa ball is served, 90 countries from all over the world have secured themselves the TV-rights to broadcast the men’s championship in Denmark and Poland from the 20th to 29th of September.

“It is fantastic that so many countries already now have bought the TV-rights to EuroVolley2013. I am sure that we will exceed the 100 countries that have been our goal to start with. The massive interest for buying the TV-right shows how big and popular sport volleyball is in the world,” says Managing Director of the local Organizing Committee, Mads Bang Aaen.

Further 33 countries are currently negotiating with Infront that has the TV-rights.

These countries have bought the TV-rights this far:

Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine (including Gaza strip), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Djibouti, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Belarus, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Monaco, Dom-Tom, Mauritius, Andorra, French speaking part of Switzerland, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Gambia, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Botswana, Cap Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Slovakia.

Sport Event Denmark partners the event.

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With Ride Like a Pro – UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo sets new standards for cycling races in Denmark

Ride Like a Pro: A professional cycling event setup with closed roads, motor cycles for safety and service, great courses and the unique possibility to win the rainbow coloured UCI World Championships jersey. All this and much more are the ingredients in the unique cycling cocktail called UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo which takes up the legacy from the UCI World Road Championships in Copenhagen in 2011 and brings together cyclists in the cycling enthusiastic capital of Denmark.

All participants in UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo get the chance to Ride Like a Pro in the 28 km Time Trial on May 10 or the 145 km Road Race on May 12 in races that will set new standards for cycling for all races in Denmark.

May 10-12 the UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo – a part of the UCI World Cycling Tour – will set new standards for cycling races in Denmark. The sport event organizers YWC Sports will raise the bar in organizing cycling events with the help of Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen, the Danish Police and 11 municipalities and create a ‘cycling for all’ event that has never been seen before in Denmark.

Ride Like a Pro in Denmark

Under the concept ‘Ride Like a Pro’ all cyclists – Danish and international – with the dream to participate in a professional race setup will have the chance in either a 28 km time trial in Elsinore May 10th or in Copenhagen in a 145 km road race May 12.

UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo offers professional settings with Ride Like a Pro: There is a very high level of service before, during and after the race, blocked off roads, more than 80 motorcycles on the course for safety and service, Time Trial with start ramp and a lead motorcycle for every single contestant, and it is ridden in spectacular courses with both big city life and rolling hills and narrow streets in the country side.

“We want to create a new race experience in Denmark with Ride Like a Pro. We want to show that you can ride in a cycling race in Denmark just like the professionals with focus on service and safety, great courses and blocked off roads. UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo has a very big, national setup that consist of a professional sport event organizer, the national sport event organization and the tourist organization in Copenhagen that work closely together with the Police and Home Guard and 11 Danish municipalities to create this great experience and professional setup for all cycling enthusiasts,” says Thomas Veje Olsen, Race Director and CEO in YWC Sports.

The Time Trial in Elsinore has 780 slots. The Road Race has room for 2,500 riders.

UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo is one of 15 qualification events for the official UCI amateur World Championships – the best 25% in each age division can participate in the final in Trento, Italy in September.

Contact:

Race Director of UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo, Thomas Veje Olsen from YWC Sports: +45 20 72 50 80

Business Development Manager in Wonderful Copenhagen, Lars Vallentin: +45 23 38 30 63

CEO in Sport Event Denmark, Lars Lovdov: +45 40 31 48 55

Facts: UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo – Part of the UCI World Cycling Tour

– May 10: 28 km Time Trial with start and finish in Elsinore, the home of Kronborg Castle from Shakespeare’s Hamlet

– May 12: 145 km Road Race with start and finish next to the national stadium, Parken in downtown Copenhagen

– UWCT Copenhagen Gran Fondo is a part of the UCI World Cycling Tour, the World Championships for all

– Race your bike like a pro with blocked off roads, lots of service and heavy focus on safety

– Room for 780 participants in the Time Trial

– Room for 2,500 participants in the Road Race

– 400 flag posts and officials

– 75 traffic officials

– 25 Police Home Guard, Police and medical team

– The event is organized by YWC Sports. Sport Event Denmark, Wonderful Copenhagen, Copenhagen Municipality and Elsinore Municipality partner the event. Contributing to the PR and public exposure of this partnership is The Branding Denmark Fund.

Web: copenhagengranfondo.com

Facebook: facebook.com/uciworldcyclingtourcopenhagen

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