Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the organizers of the 2020 European Athletics Championships announced on Thursday that they have been cancelled.
The championships have become the major sporting event to be cancelled or postponed by COVID-19 followed by Olympic Games, and soccer’s European Championship and Copa America, which have all been pushed back by one year.
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“The decision to cancel was driven by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the associated risks linked to the current situation, which are far from being under control, as well as the existing ban on mass gatherings in France,” European Athletics said in a statement.
The decision was partially influenced by an “unfavourable opinion” from the French Athletics Federation medical commission after evaluating potential risks for spectators and officials. The event was due to take place in August from 25-30.
“We had hoped in these troubled times to offer European athletes a major event to aim for at the end of summer,” said Dobromir Karamarinov, the interim president of European Athletics.
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“Unfortunately, today we were informed by the local organising committee and French athletics federation that, after discussions with the relevant French… authorities, they were no longer able to proceed with delivering the championship this August.”
Football too has been put on a standstill throughout the world due to the pandemic and Formula One has postponed all races up to and including the Canadian Grand Prix on June 14.
Tennis, Roland Garros has been suspended up until late September while Wimbledon has been cancelled. Cycling’s Tour de France has been postponed two months to August29-September 20.