Tallinn has been confirmed as a candidate for the title of European Capital of Sport 2025; the winner will be announced in November this year. Tallinn’s application underlines strengths such as strong municipal contribution to developing sports and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.
According to Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, Tallinn is increasingly gaining international recognition as a great place to host major sports events, as confirmed by the WTA 250 tournament taking place in Tallinn this autumn. “We already host and support around 100 international competitions every year, including major championships. Strong sports organisations and the infrastructure created by the city allow us to host high-level tournaments and competitions in a variety of sports – last year we hosted the European Volleyball Championships and the U20 and U23 European Athletic Championships, and this year the European Championships, the U20 World Championships, the Four Continents Championships in figure skating, as well as major international ice hockey and curling competitions,” explained Kõlvart. “However, in addition to creating good conditions for top athletes and competitions, we consider it just as important that our citizens are guaranteed modern sporting opportunities close to home. In order to promote physical activity habits among both adults and young people, we invest every year in the construction of public sports grounds and the development of health parks. Most recently, for example, we opened the largest sports park in the Baltic States – the Tondiraba Park in Lasnamäe, Tallinn.”
The European Capital of Sport is a title awarded annually to one city in Europe that values sport and promotes its development. The European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation (ACES Europe) awards the title of World, European and regional (city, island, community, settlement) Capitals of Sport. Among other organisations, ACES Europe works in partnership with the European Commission.
So far, Estonian cities of Kuressaare (2020), Elva (2021) and Rakvere (2022) have been awarded the title of European City of Sport. Several European cities are awarded the title each year, but only one European city is awarded the title of European Capital of Sport each year.
Designated European Capitals of Sport have been Budapest in 2019, Malaga in 2020, Lisbon in 2021, The Hague in 2022, Glasgow in 2023 and Genoa in 2024.