Invitation for Virtus Open European Atheletics Championships 2024

11-16 June 2024


1. Organisation
Swedish Athletics Federation, Upsala IF Friidrott, Uppsala Kommun

2. Status
Event is sanctioned by:
VIRTUS – World Intellectual Impairment Sport

3. Dates
June 11-16, 2023

4. Language
English is the official language of VIRTUS events. All the materials and information will be available in English.

5. Venue
Uppsala is one of Sweden’s oldest cities. It was known as Östra Aros up until the 13th century, when the name Uppsala took over. Today, Uppsala is one of Sweden’s four major cities with a population of 240 000 inhabitants.

Uppsala has a rich and inspiring range of cultural activities and exciting events together with whole of Sweden’s history – all in one place. The tourist attractions are numerous and exciting and include something for everyone. In addition, there is beautiful nature, both in the centre of town and close by. For travellers Uppsala is only 30 minutes away from Stockholm and 17 minutes from Stockholm Arlanda Airport by train. In the city the distances are short, and you can easily walk or bike to any sight or attraction.

Uppsala is today a modern city yet retains a small-town feel. It’s Sweden’s fourth largest city and home to two universities, the archbishopric of the Church of Sweden, a rich cultural life and beautiful scenery. Uppsala is rich in history and science and the prestigious Uppsala university is older than universities in many other countries. At the same time, the modern city is vibrating with life and is well known for its progressive research, innovation and position as a leader in modern technology. Whether you want to eat a lot or a little, outdoors or inside, Uppsala has a wide selection of pubs, cafés and outdoor restaurants.

Don’t forget to enjoy a Swedish fika, a Swedish social institution: a friendly, relaxing break with coffee and cake.

Quick facts
Language: Swedish
Currency: Svensk Krona (SEK)
Time Zone: UTC +1

6. How to get here

As Stockholm Arlanda Airport is only 30 kilometres away, it’s easy to get from the world to Uppsala and from Uppsala to the World.

Stockholm Arlanda Airport

In the middle of Scandinavia is Stockholm Arlanda Airport. This is the largest airport in Sweden, and is important for Uppsala, Uppland and the nearby regions. The airport has Sweden’s most extensive route network, with more than 181 different national and international destinations.

Its proximity to Stockholm Arlanda Airport makes Uppsala an easily accessible destination for travellers from all over the world.

LOC Transfer Services

Transfers by bus will be included in the Team Package Fee and organized by LOC from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Uppsala on arrival day, June 11th and from Uppsala to Stockholm Arlanda Airport on departure day, June 16th.

Travelling to Uppsala

For teams that prefer to arrive or depart outside the days when LOC organizes bus transfer, it’s easy and convenient to get to Uppsala, with excellent rail connections to the airport.

Uppsala can be reached by train in only 17 minutes from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. To and from the airport you can comfortably travel onwards to Uppsala by direct train departing from SkyCity, between terminals 4 and 5. Trains depart twice an hour during the day.

Once arrived in Uppsala, local bus route 3 (direction Nyby) will take you from the Central Station to Lagerlöfsgatan in less than 15 minutes.

7. Visa requirements
The purpose of Swedish and EU visa policy is to have as free an exchange of visits as possible, within the framework of regulated immigration. The citizens of some countries need to have visas to visit Sweden.

8. Accommodation and meals
All participants, coaches and leaders will be accommodated in the 3-star hotel Arenahotellet. Participants will be provided with accommodation and full board from Tuesday, June 11th, starting with lunch, until Sunday, June 16th, ending with breakfast. All meals will be served at Arenahotellet, including during the days of competition.
The hotel is “cashless”, payment is only possible through card.

9. Event schedule
June 11th: Team arrival, training and possibility to see the track 4 PM – 6 PM.
June 12th: Training 10 AM – 4 PM, social program, technical meeting
June 13th: First day of competition
June 14th: Second day of competition
June 15th: Last day of competition
June 16th: Team departure

10. Sport rules and regulations
According to the World Athletics and the VIRTUS rules.
It is an open European Championship, meaning countries from all over the world are invited to join.
WPA sanctioned.

11. Insurance
Participating member organizations are responsible for their own insurance requirements for travel, accidents, liability, and medical matters.

12. Social program
As part of the social program, there will be a guided tour of the Royal Mounds and the Old Uppsala Museum.

13. Eligibility/accreditation/medical provision/doping
All athletes entering the event must appear as “Active” on the VIRTUS Master List (II1, II2 or II3) no later than at the final entry deadline.
Accreditation cards: will be issued to each athlete after she/he personally has proved her/his ID to a VIRTUS volunteer.
Medical support: the organizers will provide medical services and health care throughout the Championships (June 13th – 15th).
Doping control: Doping control will be ensured by “Antidoping Sverige” (Swedish anti-doping agency)

14. Qualification criteria

MINIMUM QUALIFYING STANDARDS 3rd Virtus Open European Athletics Championships
2024 Uppsala
 II1II2 – Additional PhysicalII3 – HF Autism
100 m12.0014.50OpenOpenOpenOpen
200 m24.3031.50OpenOpenOpenOpen
400 m55.0074.00OpenOpenOpenOpen
800 m2:10.002:45.00OpenOpenOpenOpen
1 500 m4:15.005:40.00OpenOpenOpenOpen
3 000 m 13:30.00  OpenOpen
5 000 m17:00.0022:30.00    
10 000 m42:00.00     
100m Hurdles 21.50    
110m Hurdles20.00     
400m Hurdles74.0089.00    
3k Steeplechase12:30.0014:40.00    
Race Walk 5000m32:00.0036:50.00Open (1500m)Open (1500m)  
Pole Vault1.80m1.60m    
High Jump1.65m1.25m    
Long Jump5.80m4.20mOpenOpenOpenOpen
Triple Jump11.00m8.00m    
Shot Put10.50m (7.26kg)8.80m (4kg)Open (4kg)Open (3kg)Open (6kg)Open (4kg)
Discus25.00m (2kg)16.00m (1kg)Open (1kg)Open (750g)Open (1.5kg)Open (1kg)
Javelin35.00m (800g)18.00m (600g)Open (600g)Open (400g)Open (700g)Open (600g)
4×100 m Relay1 x country1 x country1 x country1 x country  
4×400 m Relay1 x country1 x country    

Hurdle Heights: II1 100m H 0.84, 110m H 0.91, 400m H 0.84 (men), 0.76 (women).
Steeple Heights: 2000m 0.762 (women), 3000m 0.914m (men).

15. Entry deadlines
1.   Intention of participation – before 30th of November 2023
2.   1st entry form (by number) – before the 16th of April
3.   2nd entry form (by names), arrival form and payment in full – before the 7th of May

16. Entry fee
The entry fee for all members of the delegation (athletes, coaches and staff members) is:
10 225 SEK – per person (single room)
8 225 SEK – per person (twin room)
6 725 SEK – per person (triplet room)
If needed there are a few quadruple and accessible rooms are available upon request.
Staying longer or shorter that the period 11th to 16th of June is possible but is managed upon request.
The fee includes full accommodation for 5 nights, all meals (from lunch on the 11th of June to breakfast on the 16th of June), transfer from and to Arlanda Airport, social activities, entry to the competition and the VIRTUS capitation tax (25€).
For extra nights of accommodation, please contact: [email protected]

17. Payment
First invoice is going to be sent the 7th of May, payment due by May 20th.
Final invoice and balance is going to be sent the 21st of May, payment due by June 4th.

18. Cancelation policy

 Before 7th of MayBefore 21st of MayAfter 21st of May
50% depositFree cancellation25% of deposit refunded0% of deposit refunded
50% final payment /balance 25% of final payment refunded0% of final payment refunded

All other costs, for example flights, insurance etc. are entirely the responsibility of the organisation/team.

19. Questions and additional information

Upsala IF Friidrott (Upsala Athletics Club)
IFU Arena
Råbyvägen 77
754 60, Uppsala

Email: [email protected]