"Football is not a matter of life and death, it is more important than that."
European Teams ChampionshipThe European Team Championship took place in mid June in Cheboksary, 500 miles south west of Moscow. Stuart was there to write for Oxford Mail and Athletics Weekly as well as leading church for some athletes.
Cheboksary is an attractive, modern city
The view from outside the Chuvash Republic Parliament
Apparently there is a press conference going on but my view is completely blocked by the TV cameras
Sitting with the UKA Media team
Our view of the action. I have never seen a mixed zone so close to the media seats before. It may working so much easier.
Dasha by the Volga
The event volunteers were amazing. For Dasha (above) and Katya (below), the two media hotel volunteers, nothing could be too much trouble.
Stuart and Katya outside the media hotel
The men's 110 metres hurdlesRussia won the event with GB fifth. The attitude of the locals to the event and the enthusiasm of the spectators was well summed up by Lauren Deadman: “The whole weekend has been amazing, the crowd is amazing and the whole atmosphere brilliant”. The city has really taken to the event and done itself proud.