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Athletics - 05. June 2007.

Six cities bidding for future European Championships

European Athletics News

European Athletics is pleased to announce that three (3) applications have been received for both the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2011 and the SPAR European Cross Country Championships 2009.

The cities of Gothenburg, Sweden, Leipzig, Germany and Paris, France are bidding the host the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2011 while Bydgoszcz, Poland, Carcassonne, France and Dublin, Ireland are vying for the right to host the European Cross Country Championships in 2009.

Commenting on the interest in hosting European Athletics Championships, Christian Milz, Director General of European Athletics said:

"It is very encouraging for the value and brand of European Athletics to receive such high quality bids for our future events. All these cities have attended a Bidding seminar organised by European Athletics in Lausanne in March so they know exactly what is required from our side in order to continue to make the events a success.

The Championships are the jewels in our crown and are a vital platform for European Athletics to communicate our messages and value around the continent and in these six cities we have the tradition, expertise and leadership to continue to raise the bar of our championships."

The decision on the venues of these championships will be made after a thorough examination of the bidding documents by the relevant experts within the organisation.

If and when a city passes this process, a site evaluation visit will then be carried out, led by European Athletics staff, along with a number of experts in the relevant areas of importance.

Only when a city has passed these two steps will they then be invited to make a presentation at the 118th European Athletics Council Meeting in Malta, on October 15, 2007. The winning cities will then be announced after the Council Meeting.

Previous venues:

European Athletics Indoor Championships:

1966 Dortmund (FRG), 1967 Prague (TCH), 1968 Madrid (ESP), 1969 Belgrade (YUG), 1970 Vienna (AUT), 1971 Sofia (BUL), 1972 Grenoble (FRA), 1973 Rotterdam (NED), 1974 Gothenburg (SWE), 1975 Katowice (POL), 1976 Munich (FRG), 1977 San Sebastián (ESP), 1978 Milan (ITA), 1979 Vienna (AUT), 1980 Sindelfingen (FRG), 1981 Grenoble (FRA), 1982 Milan (ITA), 1983 Budapest (HUN), 1984 Gothenburg (SWE), 1985 Athens/Piraeus (GRE), 1986 Madrid (ESP), 1987 Liévin (FRA), 1988 Budapest (HUN), 1989 The Hague (NED), 1990 Glasgow (GBR), 1992 Genoa (ITA), 1994 Paris (FRA), 1996 Stockholm (SWE), 1998 Valencia (ESP), 2000 Ghent (BEL), 2002 Vienna (AUT), 2005 Madrid (ESP), 2007 Birmingham, (GBR), 2009 Torino (ITA)

European Cross Country Championships:

1994-95 Alnwick (GBR), 1996 Charleroi (BEL), 1997 Oeiras (POR), 1998 Ferrara (ITA), 1999 Velenje (SLO), 2000 Malmö (SWE), 2001 Thun (SUI), 2002 Medulin (CRO), 2003 Edinburgh (GBR), 2004 Heringsdorf (GER), 2005 Tilburg (NED), 2006 San Giorgio su Legnano (ITA), 2007 Toro (ESP), 2008 Oostende (BEL)

Source: European Athletics
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