No more FBK Games in Hengelo in the future!? Why? The powers-that-be want to convert the stadium into a football (soccer) pitch. Throwholics is calling on all of you to participate in the petition to stop that.
Erik Cadée reached out to us and is looking for support of the petition:
Thank you Erik Cadée for providing us with the information:
Unfortunately this petition is only available in Dutch, but you folks will have no problem filling it out.
It’s all in dutch, but I’ll help you fill in the fields…
First field: your name
second field: the city you live in
third field: e-mailaddres
They’ll send you an e-mail to confirm, just click the highlited sentence and click the “Bevestigen” button below in the screen that pops up
Thank you a lot!
The Fanny Blankers-Koen Games (FBK-Games) is the most important Dutch top athletics event in The Netherlands. The FBK-Games is part of the IAAF World Challenge.
Since 1981 the FBK-Games are being organized in Hengelo. The Games are named after Fanny Blankers-Koen, the best Dutch athlete of all time. At the Olympic Games in 1948 she won 4 Gold medals and in 2000 the International Association of Athletics Federations crowned here as the best athlete of the 20th century. Hence forth here name has a good international appeal. The in 2007 newly renovated track stadium with a capacity of 15.000 spectators also carries her name.
Athlete’s world wide
Every year athletes from all over the world come to compete in Hengelo. At the FBK-Games were present famous (former) athletes as Carl Lewis, Sebastian Coe, Marion Jones, Ellen van Langen and of course Haille Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele. Haille Gebrselassie even ran 4 world records in Hengelo. At the 5K, the double mile and twice on the 10K. Partly because of this he is been appointed honorary citizen of Hengelo and goes by the name of ‘Mr. Hengelo’. The world record that Kenenisa Bekele ran on the 5K in 2004 (12.37.35) still stands!
Athletes like coming to Hengelo. This is not only due to the great athletics facilities but also to the professional organization of the Games. About 450 volunteers play an important role in the organization. Without them the event couldn’t be organized in this professional way. Not to forget is the support of the many sponsors, the Business Club of 83 and the municipality of Hengelo.
Atmosphere in the stadium
A third reason athletes like coming to Hengelo is the atmosphere in the stadium. The stadium is always filled with enthusiastic athletics supporters and because of this the atmosphere during the Games is always great. Because of this fact many athletes have been stimulated to great heights! Not only world records but also world season bests, national and personal records have been broken. The meeting records give a good idea about the great achievements during the FBK-Games. For Dutch athletes the FBK-Games are an important event. Because of this the most Dutch top athletes are present in Hengelo during the FBK-Games.
The FBK-Games is internationally known under the name “Hengelo”. Hengelo is part of the province of Overijssel and has around 80.000 residents.
Especially in the discus there is a rich history of good throws, with a stadium record of 69,57m (228′ 2″) held by Virgilius Alekna.
The last couple of years three other throwers were able to brake the 68m (223′ 1″) barier.
68.52m (224′ 9″) Hadadi
68,28m (224′) Gerd Kanter
68.23m (224′) Harting 2011
68.13m (224′) Harting 2012
In the near future its quite likely we loose this great stadium and all his history to football. They are planning to take over the stadium, break down the track and just turn it into another football-stadium. The worst thing is they wont even consider to share the stadium, and if they take over it will only be used for the women and their youth teams. The main team already has their own stadium wich is well subcidized by the county in an early stage. The track and field comunity will be taken away a great stadium and probably even the only international competition, wich will be a great loss considering the Netherlands hosts the European Championships in 2016.
Because of all this, a few athletic enthausiast started a petition to stop this from happening to our great sport!
Throwholics would all of you to participate in the petition, even though when you are not from the Netherlands, you still might want to support this great competition for staying alive.