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  Sports   In Other sports  24 Apr 2020  Athletics receives another blow as European Championships cancelled

Athletics receives another blow as European Championships cancelled

AP
Published : Apr 24, 2020, 11:15 am IST
Updated : Apr 24, 2020, 11:15 am IST

The cancellation follows the announcement earlier on Thursday of the postponement of Diamond League events in Eugene, Oregon, and Paris

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London: Athletics was left with the prospect of a lost season on Thursday after this summer's European Championships, set to be held in Paris, were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the event's organising committee and French Athletics Federation (FFA) said they "wished to adopt a responsible position by putting human health and the fight against the spread of the virus before any other consideration".

 

The championships were scheduled for August 25-30. The cancellation follows the postponement in March of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 and the announcement earlier on Thursday of the postponement of Diamond League events in Eugene, Oregon, and Paris.

"We really tried," said Jean Gracia, president of the Paris European Championships organising committee. "We all hoped that the situation might improve rapidly, but unfortunately that wasn't the case,"

"We looked at all the possibilities, including reducing the number of athletes in each contest and halving the number of spectators."

Continental governing body European Athletics said that the decision followed a meeting between the organising committee and the FFA and "an earlier meeting between the relevant French authorities" -- including the country's interior and sport ministries.

 

"Whilst we regret announcing the cancellation of our European Athletics Championships, it is worth reiterating that in these unprecedented times the health and safety of all athletics' stakeholders including athletes, fans, officials, partners and everyone connected with the sport is paramount," said European Athletics' interim president Dobromir Karamarinov.

European Athletics added that it would discuss the "other changes to the global athletics calendar that have been forced upon the sport" in its next videoconference on May 7-8.

The Eugene Diamond League meeting was due to take place on June 7 with Paris six days' later. Their postponement means that eight events have been pushed back with no revised dates yet announced.

 

"As with previous suspensions, this decision was reached in close consultation with all relevant parties and based on concerns over athlete safety as well as widespread travel restrictions which make it impossible to stage the competitions as planned," the organisers said in a statement.

The next scheduled Diamond League meeting is London on July 4, although the Bislett Games in Oslo -- one of the longest-standing meetings on the international calendar -- will go ahead on June 11, albeit in a different format from the Diamond League meeting originally planned on that date.

The event will be "an alternative athletics competition under Norwegian coronavirus regulations", organisers said.

 

Oslo will feature a pole vault head-to-head between Armand Duplantis and 2012 Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie, whose world record the young Swede broke in February.

Tags: covid 19 crisis, european athletics championships
Location: United Kingdom, England, London