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European Athletics C'ships cancelled due to COVID-19

PARIS: The 2020 European athletics championships, because of be held in Paris on the end of August, had been cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, organisers stated on Thursday.

The championships changed into the most recent primary carrying match to be cancelled or postponed by way of the pandemic with others including the Olympic Games, and football's European Championship and Copa America, which have all been pushed back by way of three hundred and sixty five days.

"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," European Athletics stated in a commentary.

It stated the decision used to be partially swayed by way of an "unfavourable opinion" from the French Athletics Federation medical commission after it evaluated possible dangers for spectators and officers.

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The match have been because of take place from Aug. 25-30.

"We had hoped in these troubled times to offer European athletes a major event to aim for at the end of this summer," stated Dobromir Karamarinov, the meantime president of European Athletics.

"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."

Football has been dropped at a digital standstill world wide by way of the pandemic and Formula One has postponed all races as much as and including the Canadian Grand Prix on June 14.

The French Open tennis has been suspended till overdue September while Wimbledon has been cancelled. Cycling's Tour de France has been postponed two months to Aug. 29-Sept. 20.

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