Gothenburg, Silesia and Minsk to bid for 2024 European Athletics Championships
The executive board of European Athletics, track and field’s continental governing body, has selected Gothenburg in Sweden, the region of Silesia in Poland, and Minsk, the capital of Belarus, to proceed with bids to host the European Athletics Championships in 2024.
Gothenburg, a seasoned host of major athletics competitions (including the World Master Athletics Championships in 2022), was upset to miss out on hosting the 2021 World Athletics Championships, when the event was handed to Eugene in Oregon, USA, without a formal bid process.
Minsk is already slated to host the second edition of the multi-sports European Games in July this year, including a team athletics competition, followed by a ‘Ryder Cup-style’ athletics match between teams representing Europe and USA in September.
Like the athletics events at the European Olympic Committees’ European Games, the Europe-USA match will take place in the refurbished Dinamo Stadium.
It is understood that the Silesian bid is centred on Chorzow and the recently renovated Silesian Stadium.The three bids, which were selected by a European Athletics evaluation panel following discussions and analysis of their bid concepts, will now proceed to a full bidding application submission due in June 2019.
European Athletics said: “The goal is to select the two strongest bids, based on the strategic, financial and operational evaluation criteria, to be presented to the European Athletics Council in April 2020 for the decision on the allocation of the event.
“A revised bidding roadmap has been put in place for the Olympic-year European Athletics Championships. This new strategy focuses on individual discussions and a continuous interactive evaluation from the first step of a bidding process between the bidders and European Athletics in order to achieve a common goal of delivering a successful event.”
Non-Olympic year editions of the biennial event now form part of the multi-sport European Championships, with the inaugural edition having taken place in Berlin (athletics) and Glasgow (six other sports) last year. A host for the 2022 edition has not yet been selected.
Paris will host the 2020 edition of the (standalone) European Athletics Championships.