For many people the Torino Meeting is still the same as in 1963, as if nothing had changed since then. From 1963 to 1983, Torino was the stage for the Meeting in which famous national and international athletes such as Livio Berruti and Sara Simeoni, “El Caballo” Alberto Juantorena and Sebastian Coe took part. The last Meeting was held in 1983, closing with a great performance of Said Auita. Only twelve years later, after finding new enthusiasm and, above all, new funds, the Torino Meeting was again presented to the public.
Thanks to Riccardo D’Elicio, Diego Bastino and Franco Arese (the main organisers of the former meeting), Ludovico Perricone and Gianni Romeo the great Athletics returned to Torino in 1995. The project was ambitious, but, considering everything done up to now… feasible. After only two years, the meeting has actually entered in the IAAF circuit, first as “Permit Meeting”,
then as "Grand Prix II" and later on as “Premium Meeting”. Since its revival, the Torino meeting has had a twofold soul: on one side the great champions, on the other the talented emerging athletes.
Torino was actually the place where popular athletes such as Hicham El Guerrouy and Mary Jones – just to name two of them – along with well-established champions such as Marlene Ottey, Fiona May, Ivan Pedroso, turned their first steps towards the international panorama.
Also this edition of the International Track and Field Meeting of Torino will take place in the evening on the track of the Nebiolo Stadium. And once again, we are certain, the best national and international athletes will honour the memory of the greatest President with exceptional performances and once again Torino will be present with its great and affectionate audience.