Eubc EYBC 2013: Welcome to Rotterdam, the City of Sports07 August 2013
Rotterdam is famous for its skyline, port, architecture and love for sports. Rotterdam is a very special city. A city to fall in love with instantly, as Dutch singer and comedian Paul de Leeuw once sang. This photogenic city, seated on the banks of the Maas river, is definitely worth a visit.
So it’s worth take some time to enjoy the city of Rotterdam while attending the European Youth Boxing Championships 2013. Rotterdam is, after Amsterdam, the second-largest city in the Netherlands. Best known for its port, the third-largest on in the world, as the Gateway to Europe. The port, with its striking skyline, is a major contributor to the Dutch economy. Boat tours are available and popular with locals as well as tourists. During the World War II a substantial part of the city centre of Rotterdam was destroyed by bombing, causing a number of historic buildings to be lost. However, this created plenty of space for new buildings which led to a strikingly modern city centre. It is an open-air museum dedicated to art and architecture, featuring some of the tallest buildings in Europe as well as a spectacular skyline.
Rotterdam calls itself Sportstad (City of Sports). The city annually organises several world renowned sporting events. Some examples are the Rotterdam Marathon, the World Port Tournament, and the Rotterdam World Tennis Tournament. Rotterdam also organises one race of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship and the car racing event Monaco aan de Maas (Monaco at the Meuse).
The city is also the home of many sports clubs and some historic and iconic athletes. Rotterdam is the home of three professional football clubs; one first tier club, Feyenoord (First Dutch Club to win the European Champions Clubs’ Cup – the current Champions League), and two second tier clubs, Sparta and Excelsior
Over the last years, Rotterdam has hosted several large sports events: the final of the 2000 European Football (Soccer) Championships, Davis Cup tennis (2001 and 2007), the Hockey Champions Trophy (2001 and 2008), the 2002 UEFA Cup Final (won by a local team, Feyenoord), the 2003 Korfball World Championships, the 2005 European Judo Championships, the 2005 Baseball World Championships, the 2006 Volvo Ocean Race, the 2009 Judo World Championships and most recently the 2010 Grand Depart du Tour de France, the 2010 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, the 2010 Korfball European Championships, the 2010 World Championships Squash, the 2011 Table Tennis World Championships, the 2011 European Dressage Championships, the 2011 European Championship Boxing for Women and the 2012 Baseball European Championships.
As far as boxing is concerned, Rotterdam has a long “Gloves and Ring” tradition starting with Bep van Klaveren (1907–1992), aka ‘The Dutch Windmill’, Gold medal winner of the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, followed by professional boxers like Regilio Tuur and Don Diego Poeder.
For Other Infos and details about Rotterdam see also ecboxingyouth2013.nl