The pine forest by the sea of Açoteias / Falésia is getting ready to receive another edition of the International Cross of Almond Trees in Bloom next Sunday, April 18th.
This is the 44th edition and the morning will be dedicated to the professional competition of athletes participating in the Cross Internacional das Amendoeiras em Flor.
“An initiative that transports Albufeira to the world and brings the best athletes from the world”, says the mayor, José Carlos Rolo. It is an organization of the Association of Athletics of the Algarve in partnership with the Municipality of Albufeira, with the support of the Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth and the Algarve Tourism Region.
“After some uncertainty resulting from the current pandemic, it was agreed that it was necessary to respond to the countless requests of Athletics lovers, as well as to bring back to the fore one of the most beautiful and privileged scenarios in this country for the practice of Athletics” says José Carlos Rolo, Mayor of Albufeira.
The Athletics Association of the Algarve, responsible for organizing the last stage of the World Athletics Corta Mato World Circuit, reinforces that it is “an elite competition in the oldest aspect of the sport, Corta Mato, thus giving the opportunity to compete, with the presence of some of the best international athletes, as well as the best national athletes and the foreground of the Algarvian athletics. ”
This year, the competition is limited only to professional athletes and with no audience, given the current circumstances of the pandemic and DGS rules in force. "The health and safety measures issued by the competent authorities will be strictly complied with", says the organization, adding that despite this adaptation, the great test of the "golden sneakers" will "fill with emotion one of the most beautiful and most spectacular cross circuits. of the world".
As such, this year neither the regional championship race nor the sport competition adapted for athletes with disabilities takes place.
High competition athletics is thus back in Açoteias and can be followed live on Bola TV and Live streeaming on AAALGARVE's Youtube and Facebook.