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The Paris 2020 European Athletics Championship, scheduled to take place at the Charlety Stadium from 25 to 30 August, has been canceled.
The decision was made today by the Paris 2020 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and the Fédération Française d & # 39; Athlétisme (FFA) at an extraordinary meeting of the LOC Executive Committee on Thursday.
The decision was motivated by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the risks associated with the current situation, which are far from being under control, as well as the ban on mass meetings in France.
Commenting on the cancellation of the European Athletics Championship, the interim president of the sport, Dobromir Karamarinov, said:
“It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of the European Athletics Championships in Paris 2020. We hoped, in these difficult times, to offer European athletes a great event to be reached at the end of this summer. Unfortunately, today we were informed by the LOC and the French athletics federation that, after discussions with the relevant French national and local public health and safety authorities, they could no longer continue with the championship delivery in August and were forced to cancel the event.
"While we regret to announce the cancellation of our European Athletics Championship, it is worth reiterating that, in these unprecedented times, the health and safety of all stakeholders in athletics, including athletes, fans, officials, partners and everyone involved with sports, are fundamental. We will always do what is best for the members of our athletic family and for the general public. ”
The European Athletics Council will discuss this issue, along with other changes in the global athletics calendar that were imposed on sport due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at the next meeting that is scheduled to be held by videoconference on 7-8. It can.
All ticket holders for Paris 2020, as well as those registered for the 10 km Athlé Festival, will receive a full refund, according to a procedure that will be communicated in due course on the official website www.athle2020.paris.