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European Athletics makes hosting decisions for Cross Country Championships

Chia, a coastal area on the Italian island of Sardinia, will host the 2016 European Cross County Championships athletics event.

The European Athletics Council awarded the 23rd edition of the championships to Chia, subject to a guarantee for television coverage that must be provided by the end of January.

The 2016 European Cross Country Championships will take place on December 11 and is set to comprise six races.

Elsewhere at the European Athletics council meeting in Paris-Chantilly, the French Athletics Federation’s proposal to switch its 2015 Cross Country Championships from Paray-le-Monial to Toulon-Hyères was approved.

The decision is subject to all conditions of the organisation being met and a European Athletics delegation will carry out a logistical and technical evaluation of the site on November 18.

The Bulgarian town of Samokov will host the 2014 European Cross Country Championships on December 14.