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WCH Budapest 23’s Sport Director appointed Director of Competition and Events for World Athletics

Marton Gyulai, the Executive Director of Sport for the widely acclaimed World Athletics Championships Budapest 23, has been appointed Director of Competition and Events for World Athletics.

As Executive Director of Sport for the World Athletics Championships, Gyulai was responsible for competition, accreditation, media & broadcast, volunteers, medical & anti doping, event presentation and teams services.

Commenting on the appointment, World Athletics CEO Jon Ridgeon said: “Marton’s extensive experience across a wide range of areas in athletics makes him the ideal candidate for this important role as we dial up competition innovation over the next four years.

“Marton has run a federation, hosted one-day international meetings, European junior and master events, together with being a key part of a talented and innovative leadership team responsible for staging a thrilling World Championship event. Straight off the back of our most engaging World Athletics Championships in history, we are delighted to welcome Marton to his new role and believe he will be a real asset as we continue to increase our investment in competition, one-day events and development.” 

Gyulai has been a member of the European Athletics Council since 2015, a member of the European Athletics Executive Board between 2021 and 2023, and he was elected to the Hungarian Olympic Committee in 2012. He ran the Hungarian Federation for 10 years and has been Meeting Director for the annual international Gyulai Istvan Memorial, a Continental Tour Gold meeting, for over a decade. Gyulai has organised a large number of successful major European and global events in athletics and other sports since 2007, delivering strong revenues, securing long term partnerships and creating effective marketing programmes. 

Commenting on his appointment, Gyulai said: “The Budapest 23 team and I are proud that the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 has set a new standard. We worked hard on delivering an innovative and engaging event and could not be more delighted with the results. It is this innovation and the increased focus on and investment in competition and events that really excites me about the new role. The growth and expansion of the one-day leagues in all regions of the world, together with a major global athletics event taking place every year, will be key to attracting more people into athletics and more fans attending and watching our events. We have an exciting few years ahead and I am looking forward to working with a great team on delivering an ambitious vision.” 

Gyulai will take up his position on 1 October 2023 and will be based in Monaco at World Athletics’ head office. 

Source: World Athletics – Picture: Marton Gyulai (© WCH Budapest 23)

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