World Championship Gymnastics 16/10/2010 - 24/10/2010
2010 was a very special year for the Royal Dutch gymnastics federation. The Netherlands could organize the World Championships Gymnastics for the second time in history.
It was an honor but also a great challenge because no less than 68 countries had registered for the World Championship. Therefore the 2010 World Cup was the largest international gymnastics tournament ever in the Netherlands. Located in the renovated Ahoy in Rotterdam.
The Royal Dutch gymnastics federation and everyone who was involved in the event can feel proud to look back on the tournament. 45,000 visitors enjoyed the matches and of the dozens side events. The whole World Championship was broadcasted live over the internet, 436 journalists from over 30 countries have reported and there were TV images to see of the finals in 110 countries. The final days were all sold out. In total 1342 participants and facilitators came to the World Gymnastics 2010 in Rotterdam.
The vibe in the halls of the Ahoy complex was amazing during the nine-day tournament. Children were able to exercise themselves and trainers, coaches and board members could participate in clinics and in workshops. There were special thematic meetings and seminars and of course there were also merchandising items for sale, so anyone could go home with a tangible reminder.
'Fantastic Gymnastics' was the motto of the World Championships and fantastic it was; the mood of the fans in the stands, the breathtaking calisthenics, the voltage during the competition days and of course that great stretch final.
For Dutch successes see:
The European Championship Dressage 2011 in Rotterdam, the City of Sports was a beautiful equestrian event. The annual CHIO was previously named Best International Outdoor Dressage Event. The many victories of the Dutch dressage riders during major championships over the last years, ensured the Netherlands a key role in the international dressage. That's why Rotterdam was almost an obvious location for the European Championships.
The Dutch successes during the European Championships Dressage made this wonderful event ended beautifully.
Facts en figures
Number of visitors: 55.000
Dutch successes: 2 golden medals (indivdual en Grand Prix
Special) for Adelinde Cornelissen
Bronze for the Dutch team: Adeline Cornelissen, Edward Gal, Hans Peter Minderhoud, Sander Marijnissen
The World Championships Table Tennis commenced on Sunday 8 of june 2011.
There were five levels of play:
- - Men's singles
- - Women's singles
- - Men's doubles
- - Women's doubles
- - Mixed doubles
A week long Ahoy Rotterdam was the center of the world table tennis field. Besides top table tennis, there was an extensive side program. In co-operation with the Dutch Tabletennis federation, Rotterdam Topsport, Rotterdam Sportsupport and many other organizations organized daily activities for many different audiences. Such as: tournaments for disabled people, a company tournament, tournaments for children under 9 and under 12 and tournaments for chinese inhabitants of the Netherlands.
There were various conferences organized, besides active Table Tennis and there was a large-scale promo village.
Facts & figures
Number of visitors: 35.000
Impact on the participating associations
(Period 2009 until 2011):
The vatality rating for the table tennis association in 2009 was 4,02 (on a scale of 1 to 6). In 2011 this rate increased to 4,13. an increase of 0,11 where the average vitality of the Rotterdam associations remained unchanged.
At the start of the project, the six participating teams had a total of 677 members. In mid 2011, the number of members increased with 25% to 849 members. The increase is mainly due to an increase in the number of youth members.
Euro 2000 was the first European Championship Football to be co-hosted by two countries: the Netherlands and Belgium. Five matches, including the final match, were played in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Bruges, Brussels, Liège and Charleroi, adding up to a total of 31 matches with 1,122,833 spectators. After a heart-stopping final in the Rotterdam Kuip, French player David Trézéguet scored the golden goal, beating Italy.
The Davis Cup is an international single and double men’s tennis
tournament. The competition was first held in 1900 and has since
grown into an annual event hosting 130 competing nations. Initially
titled the International Lawn Tennis Challenge, the tournament
became known as the Davis Cup after the death of its founder,
Dwight Davis, in 1945. Each match, or rubber, is played in a
best-of-five set format, usually spanning three days. On the first
day, the first two rubbers are singles. On the second day, the
doubles rubber is played, followed by two singles on the third day.
The United States has been the most successful nation to date,
winning the event 32 times and finishing as runners-up 29 times,
closely followed by Australia with 28 victorious and 18 lost
The Davis Cup often evokes special emotions. Apart from the Hopman Cup and the World Team Cup in Düsseldorf, it is the only tournament contested between teams of players from competing countries. Seen as a prestigious event, most top tennis players are proud to represent their country in the Davis Cup.
A few days after the assassination of Dutch politician and Rotterdam's local hero Pim Fortuyn, Feyenoord played the finals of the UEFA Cup against Borussia Dortmund in their own stadium, De Kuip. Many fans were still mourning the loss of Fortuyn, but did not want to miss this match and the opportunity to win an international prize for the world. It was an emotional and exhilarating match all rolled up into one, with both Feyenoord and the Germans playing with mourning bands as a salute to the Dutch politician. Following a superb season achieving one success after the other, the score was once again opened by Pierre van Hooijdonk who converted a penalty into a spectacular goal. Incidentally, it was Jürgen Kohler who caused the penalty by pulling back Jon Dahl Tomasson in the Dortmund penalty area, for which he received a red card. Feyenoord made it 2-0 eight minutes later when 'Pi-Air' brilliantly scored a free kick from the edge of the area, leaving goalkeeper Jens Lehmann no chance. Meanwhile, the first parties erupted in Rotterdam's city centre in anticipation of the cup final victory bash. But the match was far from over as Feyenoord battled its way to victory in a heart-stopping second half. Two minutes after half time, Dortmund was handed a way back into the match when Marcio Amoroso capitalised on a penalty shot opportunity. Just three minutes after this thunder shot, Jon Dahl Tomasson burst up and scored 3-1. As the silent hope in the hearts of the people of Rotterdam started to grow, Dortmund once again found a way back into the match when Jan Koller scored 3-2 after shooting the ball spectacularly past goalkeeper Edwin Zoetebier only seven minutes after Tomasson's goal. What followed was an incredibly thrilling half hour with goal opportunities on both sides. With Dortmunt failing to find the equaliser, Feyenoord saw the game out with 3-2, winning the UEFA Cup for the second time in its history (the first time was in 1974). Team captain Paul Bosvelt was awarded the cup on behalf of the team.
In total, 280 athletes from 37 countries took part in the
The Netherlands' Judo Bond (JBN) organised a fair which provided the perfect platform to present judo and the JBN, offering a range of demonstrations, a kids corner and great food and drinks to enjoy.
In the run-up to the European championship in the autumn of 2004 and spring of 2005, 600 clinics were organised for primary schools in cooperation with the Sports and Recreation department of the municipality of Rotterdam, reaching 10,000 children.
The Volvo Ocean Race, formerly known as the Whitbread Round the
World Race, is a yacht race around the world which is held every
three years. The race usually takes about eight months to complete.
Since its first edition in 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has grown
into one of the three leading yacht races in the world, along with
the Vendée Globe (a non-stop round the world solo race) and the
Global Challenge (with stops across the globe for amateurs, solo
and duo racers).
In 2005, the Volvo Ocean race came to the Netherlands for the first time in its history. Rotterdam not only served as the finish for the eighth leg from Portsmouth, it was also the stunning setting for the last in-port race.
The largest judo sporting event in the world, the World Judo
Championships, were held from 26 to 30 August 2009 in the former
European Sports Capital (2005), Rotterdam.
Top Rotterdam athletes such as Deborah Gravenstijn, Elisabeth Willeboordse and Marhinde Verkerk rose to the occasion during this world championship. Budokan Rotterdam's judokas Edith Bosch and Carola Uilenhoed were also present to represent their country.
For the first time in its history, the competition consisted of five days. No less than 700 judokas from across the world gathered in Ahoy as they battled for gold.
The Netherlands' Judo Bond (JBN) organised a Total Judo Experience (TJX) to coincide with the world championships, featuring demonstrations, clinics and master classes for judo, jiu jitsu and aikido.
The European Junior Volleyball Championships were held between 4 and 9 April 2009 at Ahoy in Rotterdam. For the first time in history, men and women competed in the same competition in the same location. With over 12,000 visitors, the EC was a very successful event indeed.
Rotterdam turned yellow in the first week of July 2010!
From 1 to 4 July Rotterdam was the host city for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France. The motto of this biggest annual cycling event in the world was 'New Energy'. The programme started with the team presentation on the first of July and was followed with a day packed with activities for the inhabitants of Rotterdam. The prologue and the First Stage (with the start on the Erasmus Bridge) were the absolute highlights of this unique sporting event. With more than a million visitors this event was a once in a lifetime experience for Rotterdam City of Sport! During this week many side events for young and old have taken place. Not only to promote Rotterdam as the City of Sports, but more over to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Facts and Figures
Visitors: 1.000.000 over two days)
Winner prologue: Fabian Cancellara (Zwitserland)
Winner first étappe: Alessandro Petacchi
Dutch best: Nikki Terpstra (17e)
75 tv stations
70 radio stations
17.000.000 television viewers, over 170 countries
The best European sitting volleyball players were from 9 till 15
October to admire during the Sitting Volleybal Chapionships 2011 in
the Rotterdam Topsportcentrum!
Finals of the European Championships in Rotterdam sitting volley went between the Netherlands and Ukraine. This match was decided in 4 sets and the Dutch ladies had to settle for the second place. With this result they secured their participation at the Paralympics in Londen.
The European Championship Boxing for women was held from 22 till
the 27th of October 2011 in Rotterdam. The
organization was in the hands of the Dutch Boxing Association
(NBB). It was the first time in the 100-year history of the Dutch
Boxing Association in the Netherlands that an international boxing
event was organized in the category of women's boxing.
During the European Championship Boxing two Dutch women won prices. Marichelle de Jong won a golden medal in the -69 kg class and Nouchka Fountijn won a silver medal in the class -75 kg. With this results, they put Rotterdam on the map as a boxing town.
The World Squash Open is an annual squash tournament that serves
as the Individual Corld Championship. Together with the British
Open the Championship is seen by many as the most prestigious
In 2011 the wonderful New Luxor Theatre was the venue for the World Squash for ladies and gentlemen. On the stage of the famous theater in the harbor there was build a full glass squash court. The preliminaries (28 October / 2 November) took place at Victoria Squash club.
In mid-2010 it was announced that the Netherlands in 2011 for the first time in history would act as host of the World Cup for men and women combined. The ten-day event had a total prize pool of more than four hundred thousand U.S. dollars. A record. Never before there was so much money spent during a squash tournament.
Defending champions, top seeds and world number ones Nick Matthew and Nicol David both successfully defended their World Open titles in contrasting finals at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands' City of Sports.
From the 4th to the 14th of August the European Championship Handball <19 for women took place in five host cities throughout the Netherlands: Arnhem, Almelo, Leek, Maastricht and Rotterdam. The best European handball talents competed in the European Championship Handball for women under 19 for the European title. In the final weekend the best handball players from Europe played in the Topsportcentrum Rotterdam. There were also different clinics, conferences, training courses and other activities.