Compensation prize for Poland with European Athletics team event in 2021
The European Athletics Team Championships Super League, the continent’s elite teams competition, will be held in Poland for the second successive time in 2021 after Chorzow in the region of Silesia was today named as the new host.
The event was originally due to be held in Minsk, but has been relocated after the Belarus capital pulled out “for technical reasons,” according to European Athletics.
The Team Championships comprise four divisions and are held every other year, and Poland were crowned champions for the first time when they won the 2019 Super League on home soil in Bydgoszcz.
Next year’s competition will take place at Chorzow’s Slaski Stadium on 19 and 20 June and represents compensation for Silesia after Katowice recently lost out to Rome in the bidding for the 2024 European Athletics Championships.
However, there will be revised format for the Super League in 2021, with the number of teams reduced from 12 to eight, namely the hosts, France, Germany, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Italy, Spain, Ukraine and Portugal, which were promoted from the First League in 2019.
European Athletics chief executive Christian Milz travelled to Silesia on Monday to sign the contract for the Team Championships and to discuss the prospect of the region holding further events in the near future.
The Slaski Stadium already hosts two prestigious annual one-day athletics meetings in the Janusz Kusocisnki Memorial and Irena Szewinska Memorial, and will stage next year’s World Athletics Relays on 1 and 2 May.
Also today, Cluj-Napoca in Romania was confirmed as the host for the European Athletics Team Championships First League in 2021, while Stara Zagora in Bulgaria was awarded the Second League, after Valmiera in Latvia withdrew, and Nicosia in Cyprus was granted the Third League.