European Athletics has today (Friday) awarded its 2021 Indoor Championships to Torun, two years on from the Polish city suffering defeat in its efforts to land the 2019 event.
In April 2016, the Scottish city of Glasgow edged out three rival bids from Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, Minsk in Belarus and Torun to secure the 2019 Championships. Both Torun and Apeldoorn returned to the bidding table for the 2021 event with the Polish city receiving 11 votes from the European Athletics Council to Apeldoorn’s four.
The 2021 Championships will mark the second time the event will be organised in Poland, following the 1975 Championships in Katowice.
Henryk Olszewski, Polish Athletics Federation president, said: “This is a great moment for athletics and sport in general in Poland. It’s been over four decades since Poland last hosted the European Athletics Indoor Championships and we were determined to bring them back in 2021. It was a fantastic team effort by our delegation and I think I can speak on their behalf in saying that Torun will not disappoint.”
Today’s news will come as a boost to Torun after further bidding disappointment in November. The Chinese city of Nanjing defeated rival bids from Torun and Belgrade (Serbia) to land the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) 2020 World Indoor Championships.