After Tokyo Olympics was postponed to 2021, the coronavirus pandemic has affected the European Athletics Championships. This event was scheduled to take place from August 25 to 30 in Paris and complete.
With the Olympic Games and the Euro, these are the two main events on the athletic planet that have been removed from the calendar, while all major meetings have been postponed and will not continue until early July.
The Diamond League
Right before the decision of the organizers of the European Championship, Diamond League decided to postpone the meetings of Eugene (USA, June 7) and Paris (June 13) until the following day. In total, eight meetings of the great track and field circuit have passed without uncertainty about their future, which postponed July 4 in London as a possible start of the international season.
Only Oslo (June 11) is preserved behind closed doors, outside the Diamond League. It was in a format closer to an exhibition with a special match between 2012 French Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie and Armand. Duplantis of Sweden, who is very interested in this world tunnel (6.18 m).
The two of them will compete in a competition that is unlike anyone else. Lavillenie is struggling from the dance… from his garden in Pérignat-lès-Sarliève in France.
The fate of the Euro has kept him waiting since a ban in France since March 17. The organizers have long-cherished hope to sustain the event. However, the uncertainty regarding the decoding to make their mission impossible. The camera was evaluated from the “unimaginable” beginning of the French Athletics Federation (FFA).
The cancellation was imposed Thursday after a meeting of the executive committee of the organizers. This preceded by a video conference with FFA, the Ministry of Sports and Interior, and interdisciplinary delegations to major events.
This was a financial blow for French athletes, whose national competitions were suspended until the end of July. Just over 1.7 million tickets were sold (over 50% of the total) with a budget of 17 million euros.
Athletes are deprived of the season’s last major sporting goal, especially when the International Athletics Federation has suspended the playing time for the Tokyo Olympics until November 30.