LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Athletics leaves the European Championships in varied sports activities after 2022 in Munich.
The governing physique of European Athletics has introduced that it’s going to return to a separate occasion in 2026, and won’t be a part of the collective championships, which have been first held in 2018 and expanded to 9 sports activities for the subsequent difficulty in August.
Independence “would assist create a particular athletics expertise for athletes, followers of athletics, tv and different media and all different stakeholders,” mentioned European Athletics Govt Director Christian Milz.
The observe follows swimming and different water sports activities within the withdrawal from joint championships. Water sports activities have been a part of the 2018 multi-sport program, however then determined to carry their 2022 championships in Rome as a substitute of Munich on the identical dates, August 11-21.
At these championships in Munich, athletics will return to the Olympic Stadium, which was a central component of the 1972 Summer time Video games.
The lack of two of the most well-liked Olympic sports activities is more likely to hamper the seek for a 2026 multi-sport championship organizer. The occasion additionally competes for consideration with the European Video games, that are additionally held each 4 years, however in odd-numbered years and are organized by a gaggle of European Olympic Committees. The 2019 European Video games have been held in Minsk, Belarus, and in 2023 in Krakow, Poland.
European Athletics studies that two cities are vying for a observe for Europeans in 2026: Birmingham, England and Budapest, Hungary. The host will probably be elected in November.