The Morton Games International Track and Field event will take place on July 17th and has targeted participants from around the world to compete in a range of track and field events including the Morton Mile.
World class athletes confirmed for the 2013 Games include Fionnuala Britton, Brian Gregan (pictured at the launch), Paul Robinson, Amy Foster, London Olympic Pole Vault finalist Igor Bychkov , Great Britain International Pole Vaulter Luke Cutts, Garrett Heath and Brie Felnagle from the USA.
The event was launched this week by Minister of State Michael Ring as part of the programme of sports Gathering events taking place through the summer.
Athletes have been confirmed as taking part from as far afield as the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Spain, The Ukraine, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Poland and Great Britain.
“The Morton Games is fast developing a fine reputation as a top class event,” said Ring.
“More than a dozen athletes who took part last year subsequently went on to compete in the London Olympics. It’s great news that a number of athletes taking part this year will use the event as part of their preparations for the world championships in Moscow this August.”
“In the year of The Gathering the Morton Games is a true gathering of athletes from across the globe.”
John Foley, the CEO of Athletics Ireland who are a partner in the Meet reconfirmed Athletics Irelands’ commitment to providing technical and financial support for the Morton Games into the future stressing the importance of an International Invitational Athletics Meet being held in Dublin.
The event has drawn a measure of local business partnership with Commercial Hygiene Services, the Sports Surgery Clinic, Last Lap Café, Fashionflo, C & E Office Products and Behan & Associates all credited as partners alongside Clonliffe Harriers, Athletics Ireland, the Irish Sports Council, Fingal County Council, Paralympics Ireland and the management of Morton Stadium which is now under the control of the National Sports Campus Development Authority.
The stadium will this week play host to the European Team Championships featuring 600 athletes from 12 countries across 40 events. Dublin Airport Authority are one of the commercial partners behind this event.