On Thursday, organisers said that the 2020 European Championship which was scheduled to be held in August, has been cancelled now due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The championship joins the list of Major Tournaments including the Olympic Games, Copa America, and Tokyo Olympics which have been postponed.
The European Athletics made a statement that “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.”
French Athletics Federation medical commission said the decision was partly swayed by an “unfavourable opinion”.
The interim president of European Athletics, Dobromir Karamarinov said “We had hoped in these troubled times to offer European athletes a major event to aim for at the end of this summer.”
“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 championships this August,” he further added.