It gives me great pleasure to welcome all participants to the 34th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, to be held from 1st to 3rd June 2018 in Guadalajara, at the fantastic sport hall Pabellón Multiusos.
From the Royal Spanish Federation of Gymnastics and on behalf our gymnastics family we will welcome you with all the affection of our fans that they understand and love the sport and appreciate the efforts you have done to get here.
We will continue supporting the organization of large gymnastics events as we have been doing until now, with the invaluable help of our institutions and sponsors, and will continue to support all entities with such enthusiasm and professionalism, as is the case, organized international tournaments in Spain
I also want to especially thank the City Hall of Guadalajara that still committed to organizing major gymnastics events, specially in Rhythmic Gymnastics, such as this 34th European Championships, which places the city of Guadalajara as a worldwide reference in Rhythmic Gymnastics, thanks to the enthusiasm and support has been achieved to realize this project. On behalf of the Spanish gymnastics, I thank you
I also want to acknowledge the assistance of the sponsoring firms and partners that with your help will make this competition will be a success and to all the volunteers and staff of the Organizing Committee.
It is a great honor to the city of Guadalajara to host such an important event as the European Championship of Rhythmic Gymnastics. It represents an exceptional opportunity for our city, which will give us the possibility of being a privilege witnesses of a competition in which some of the outstanding gymnasts of the world will participate.
Guadalajara is the European Sport City 2018, an award that highlights the policy established by the City Council in recent years to try to make sport a way of life for our neighbors. We bet on the sport; we love sport. For this reason, we support it, both at grassroots level and at the level of top competition. We improve and create new sports facilities, we stand by our athletes and clubs, and we work to held and host big sport events. During this year, our city will host more than 230.
We have been successfully celebrating the World Challenge Cup of Rhythmic Gymnastics for the last two years and in May 2018 will host the third. Thus we are ready to host the European Championship. We have the suitable facilities, but also our distinguishing element is our organizational capacity and the absolute commitment of all those people who work and collaborate in any event.
This has been one of the elements that have turned us into a sport reference. The Federations, increasingly, rely on Guadalajara, a city that also has a strategic location. We are a privileged destination that allows to get to Madrid, the capital of Spain, located 55 kilometers away, in just 40 minutes. In addition, we have a great communications network with our high-speed train station and we are located only thirty minutes away from Adolfo Suarez International Airport.
Thank you for betting on Guadalajara and for giving us the opportunity to host an international event as relevant as it is beautiful.
Antonio Román Jasanada
Mayor of Guadalajara