British city set to host the continent’s premier team event
Gateshead will host the 2012 edition of the European Team Championships, it was announced today.
The North East city was one of four European venues to get through to the final stage of the bidding process, the others being Braunschweig (Germany), Bydgoszcz (Poland) and Ostrava (Czech Republic). It was the first time that four cities have made it to the final stage of the bidding process for a European Athletics event.
“Athletics has a huge following in Great Britain and we have been assured today that we can look forward to an excellent event,” said European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz.
“Gateshead 2013 will reinforce the European Team Championships as one of the biggest athletics events in the world,” added UKA Chief Executive Niels de Vos. “It will be the first major athletics event in Great Britain after the 2012 London Olympics and I am sure the event will develop, promote and foster athletics in Europe, and further raise the profile of the sport on the continent.”
Formerly known as the European Cup, Gateshead played host to the event in 2000, the last time the competition was held on UK soil. It also hosted it in 1989, with Great Britain winning the men’s competition both times it has been held at Gateshead.
Gateshead will now become the only city to host the event three times. This year’s event is being held in Stockholm, while next year’s competition is set for Helsinki.
UKA hopes to continue the momentum in securing major athletics events, having also recently put forward bids for the 2017 World Championships to be held in London and the 2016 European Championships to be held in Birmingham.