„Hello, my name is Lunani and, as you can see, I am a giraffe. Welcome to the World Athletics Relays Silesia21”.
That is how Lunani would most likely greet you if she could talk. In exactly 150 days, on 1 May 2021, the World Athletics Relays Silesia21 are due to start and Lunani will be the main mascot of the competition. The main one, not the only one; the captain of the mascot team. To be more precise, it will be the living equivalent of the number one mascot.
Why a giraffe? The answer is simple. It is the animal that welcomes the visitors of the Silesian Park, where the arena of the competition is located. A 16-metre concrete statue has been standing at the entry of the park for 61 years. The giraffe has even become the patron of the Giraffe Alley, which leads directly into the Silesian Zoo.
The giraffe which welcomes guests is now asking for cooperation from other animals. The relay is a four-person team, which needs three other members. Every one of the mascots, just as Lunani, will have a real-life equivalent in the Silesian Zoo. In addition, every one of these animals will be put under the care of World Athletics Relays Silesia21.
The first mascot and its name has now been revealed. The details about the other three will be announced shortly.
World Athletics Relays Silesia21 is a highly prestigious competition. It will also be the final opportunity for Olympic qualification and a qualifying meet for the Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championships. World Athletics Relays Silesia21 will be the fifth edition of the event and the first to take place in Europe. The previous hosts were the Bahamas (three times) and Yokohama, Japan. Silesia21 is organised by World Athletics, Silesian Voivodeship and the Silesian Stadium. The meet will take place on 1 and 2 May 2021.