The winning team of the IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava 2018 (September 8-9) will be awarded with a trophy. For the first time in the history of this competition, each member of the winning team will take home his/her own piece of trophy, which is part of a unique whole. The original trophy symbolizes team spirit, unity, and cohesion between nations and continents.
“On the concept of how to design a trophy for the IAAF Continental Cup, we came out of the basic idea of the competition, which is the team spirit and the fact that the individual is part of the team,” explains Libor Varhaník, Chairman of the Czech Athletics Union and Chairman of the ICC Ostrava 2018 LOC. “We used Bohemian crystal, hand-crafted in the shape of sticks symbolizing relay batons as a symbol of teamwork and community. At the same time, Bohemian Crystal brings a trace of Czech tradition to an international event of this importance,” adds Varhaník.
The trophy consists of 116 crystal relay batons and together they form the aggregate – the only trophy – in the shape of a stadium / athletic oval of about 80 centimetres in diameter. The pins are embedded in a metal pedestal in three rows. “The centre of the trophy is made up of a combination of smaller elements of pressed glass in colours of the continents of Europe, America, Asia-Oceania and Africa, in which we see unity among the nations. After handing over the glass “batons” to the winning team members, the central part belongs to the winning Area Federation,” explains Varhaník. Every baton is an original – has its original cutting and colouring. So, every athlete from the winning team will take a unique, handmade artefact with its own décor from Ostrava – as a symbol of successful teamwork.
Trophy authors are doc. Mgr. Jaroslav Koléšek ArtD., and MgA. Josef Divín. “The trophy consists of three parts constituting a whole: 116 crystal bars, oval for the victorious continent federation and the metal pedestal. Bohemian crystal symbolizes purity, fragility and uniqueness. The glass bars are dense on the glass whistle. The central area consists of a metal platform with inscribed event identification and 116 glass pieces. The metal pedestal is made of stainless steel. This choice is based on an environment typical of the Ostrava region and its history. The oval and technical shape should remind of the arena,” describes Jaroslav Koléšek.
During the event, the trophy will be displayed in an illuminated showcase as a unique glowing object in front of the athletes and viewers at the entrance gate of the Městský stadium.
Basic trophy parameters:
• width 93 cm, depth 75 cm, height 96 cm
• weight of individual parts: 77 kg, 17 kg, 45 kg
IAAF Continental Cup is the world's highest athletic competition the Czech Republic is able to host. As a global most prestigious athletic team event (held every four years), it has an atypical format. Selections of four continents compete against each other: Europe, America, Africa and Asia-Pacific joint team. In each discipline, two women and two men will be represented for each team.
The last tickets are available through Ticketportal (www.ticketportal.cz). Currently 90% of the tickets are sold, so buyers should not hesitate. Ticket prices start at 150 CZK per day, the highest category is 500 CZK. There are half-discounts for seniors (65+), children up to 130 cm or wheelchairs (their escort for symbolic CZK 1).
Tomáš Staněk will be one of the Czech athletes who will compete on the Continental Cup. How he liked the trophy and how he felt before start in Ostrava?