The Spanish athletics federation (RFEA) and European Athletics Partner Mondo announced a four-year extension to their long-standing collaboration today (6), a partnership which has been in existence since 1995.
The agreement, which will last until the end of 2024, was made at Mondo Ibérica’s main office in Zaragoza with the signatories being RFEA President and European Athletics Council Member Raul Chapado and Mondo Ibérica General Director Santiago Palomera.
“This solid and sustainable alliance between Mondo Ibérica and the RFEA means mutual support to achieve common goals for the benefit of athletics and athletes. There is a strong commitment to sharing like-minded visions and ideas inspired by innovation and new sports trends,” commented Chapado.
Palomera added: “Athletics forms part of Mondo's DNA. We work daily so that athletes, from children who discover this sport to those who participate in the most important competitions in the world, have the best possible surfaces and equipment.”
Mondo and Spanish athletics have been inexorably linked for more than three decades, with the Italian company’s Spanish subsidiary having been established in 1988.
The Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games saw Mondo for the first time supply the track for the main Olympic Stadium at the world's most prestigious sporting event, and the venue high in the hills above the Catalan city famously witnessed Fermin Cacho’s historic 1500m triumph on home soil as well as a plethora of other stirring Spanish successes.
Mondo also provided the competition surface for the Barcelona 2010 European Athletics Championships in the same stadium, 18 years after the Olympic Games.
In addition, Mondo was the track supplier for the memorable Valencia 1998 European Athletics Indoor Championships and Madrid 2005 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
Spain has also been an enthusiastic host of global athletics competitions with Mondo also being the official supplier at the 1999 World Athletics Championships in Sevilla as well as the 1991 and 2007 World Athletics Indoor Championships, in Sevilla and Valencia respectively.
Currently three of Spain’s four World Athletics Class 1 Certified Athletics Facilities – Almeria, Barcelona and Sevilla – are Mondo tracks, as well as the compnay having installed tracks at a multitude of other outdoor stadian across the country.
In addition, all three of Spain’s World Athletics Certified Indoor Athletics Facilities – San Sebastian, Valencia and Madrid, the latter staging the annual World Athletics Indoor Tour meeting – feature Mondo tracks.