90 high-level international competitions
In 2022, Tallinn hosted nearly 90 high-level international competitions, including 21 World and European Championships and World and European Cups. This year’s international sporting events were supported by the capital with a total of more than €865 000.
According to Vadim Belobrovtsev, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, 2022 has been a good preparation for the next year. “It’s been a year of activities: there have been many local and international competitions, events and sporting activities. Tallinn’s sporting developments have also stood out at the international level, leading to our being named European Capital of Sport 2025.”
The year started with top-level figure skating competitions in Tondiraba Ice Hall, where the ISU European Figure Skating Championships and, for the first time, the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships took place.
At the beginning of the summer, 14 school stadiums and sports fields were reopened to residents, at least one in each district. “As the pilot project carried out last year received a very positive response, we decided to open the stadiums again this summer, significantly increasing their number,” added Belobrovtsev.
European Capital of Sport 2025
A series of free summer training sessions for young people in volleyball, basketball and football also ran throughout the summer. A variety of activities also took place in the city’s skate and skate parks, and young people had the chance to take part in popular swimming sessions.
For the first time ever, Tallinn hosted the world-class Tallinn Open WTA 250 tennis tournament in October this year, which brought together the best women’s tennis players of the season and was watched by nearly 10 million spectators. The city supported the tournament with €400 000.
The traditional Sport Morning campaign, which was held for the eighth time in November, attracted nearly 600 healthy athletes to the city’s sports halls and winter swimming centres. In addition, 93 educational institutions participated in the mobility challenge. This year, Tallinn supported youth sports with €6.6 million, almost half a million more than last year. In 2022, the city supported a total of 160 sports clubs, 22,290 youths and 555 coaches.
In the coming year, the city will allocate nearly €32 million to sports, including investments. The focus will be on creating opportunities for physical activity and sport in the urban space, and support will be given to various sports projects and international competitions.
The biggest investment in sports next year will be the complete renovation of the Tallinn Sports Hall, which started this year. The hall is expected to be ready for the autumn season of 2023 with a budget of around €7.5 million.