Paris to host 2020 European Athletics Championships

The French capital of Paris has today (Friday) been awarded hosting rights to the 2020 edition of the European Athletics Championships.

The event will run from August 26-30 at Paris’ Stade Charléty venue, following the conclusion of the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The European Athletics governing body praised Paris for its “ecological” bid. The organising committee will introduce the Green Inspiration concept during the event by reducing the distance between the athletes’ village, the university campus and Stade Charléty to minimise the championships' carbon footprint.

Organisers will also propose special offers to encourage spectators to use public transport during the event.

European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen said: "Charléty Stadium offers a fantastic infrastructure for athletics and the Parisian public has a reputation for being enthusiastic. The stadium's capacity is perfect for the European Athletics Championships and it's likely to attract a big crowd, especially during the evening sessions.

"These different factors, combined with its expertise in terms of the French Athletics Federation and local protagonists, as well as the presence of Europe's top athletes, are a guarantee that these championships will remain etched in people's minds."

The Stade Charléty is due to host a leg on the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) Diamond League circuit on July 1.

Paris is currently bidding to stage the 2024 summer Olympics and faces competition from the US city of Los Angeles. The International Olympic Committee will announce the winning bid in September.

The European Athletics Championships take place every two years. Last year’s event was held in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam, while Berlin in Germany is due to host the 2018 competition.