European Athletics has hosted the biggest ever event bidding seminar for the 2020 European Athletics Championships and 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Lausanne.
It is the first time a combined seminar has been held for European Athletics’ two biggest events, and it’s also the first time this operation has been conducted by members of the newly formed Evaluation Commission who are separate to the main Council.
Member Federations from seven different countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, France, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Georgia, the Netherlands and Poland, attended the seminar outlining the requirements for hosting European Athletics’ flagship indoor and outdoor events.
They were also given top level advice on the subject of organisation, expectations and budget.
The bidding seminar was chaired by European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, accompanied by the Evaluation Commission composed of Luciano Barra, John Lister, Karel Pilny and Pierre Weiss, as part of the new structure decided by the Executive Board.
Britain and Poland have declared an interest in hosting either the 2020 European Athletics Championships or 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
France and Georgia are interested in hosting the 2020 European Athletics Championships, while Belarus, Bulgaria and the Netherlands have shown interest in hosting the 2019 European indoors.
The 2016 European Athletics Championships are due to be held in Amsterdam and the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade.
The 2018 European Athletics championships will be staged in Berlin within the overall framework of the newly established European Sports Championships, which is due to take place every four years.
Other events involving swimming, cycling, triathlon, rowing and golf will take place during the same period in Glasgow.
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