The organization of the MNIL is the result of the desire to create an indoor version of the MNEL (National meeting with a middle-distance theme, carried by the Décines Meyzieu Athletics since 10 Years) and to offer one more opportunity for athletes to express themselves indoors, in an often very limited calendar.
In addition, until now, the Region has not hosted any major indoor meetings (outside the Perche Elite Tour) and we wanted to highlight the Halle Stéphane Diagana in Lyon, by organizing a major event that brings together national and international athletes, always with a middle-distance dominance.
For its part, the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Athletics League had the wish, for a long time, to organize an event in his image and representing its performing track & field. Its experience and expertise in organizing major events was well established.. But the League did not want to carry out such a project alone..
The establishment of co-organization between the two structures was done naturally and made it possible to gather numerous resources and skills.
Local authorities such as the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Region, the City of Lyon and Greater Lyon, immediately joined the project by offering to support this first edition.
The first edition (2022) took place in a complicated health context, but Lyon welcomed athletes from the 4 corners of the world, including Olympic athletes and many young French people who came to enjoy the conditions, to improve their personal best and seek international standards.