European Cross Country Championships returns to Ireland in 2020

Samorin 2017 SPAR European Cross Country Championships men's senior race
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Samorin 2017 SPAR European Cross Country Championships men's senior race

European Athletics announced on Friday (2) that Fingal, County Dublin, Ireland will host the European Cross Country Championships in December 2020.

Dublin previously staged a very successful SPAR European Cross Country Championships in 2009.

The venue for the 2020 European Cross Country Championships will be the National Sports Centre Campus in Blanchardstown. (The 2009 championships were staged in Santry Demesne.)

Presenting the Athletics Ireland bid – which was supported by Fingal County Council, Sport Ireland and Irish state broadcasters RTE – at the European Athletics offices in Lausanne were:  Athletics Ireland President Georgina Drumm, Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams, LOC Chair and Bid Coordinator Liam Hennessy, Fingal County Council Senior Executive Officer Mary Godwin, LOC Chair of Competition and Deputy President John Cronin and LOC Marketing and Promotion Manager Claire Shannon.

Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams said: ‘We are delighted to have secured the hosting of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships for 2020. We look forward to working with Fingal County Council, Sport Ireland and RTE to ensure the event is a world class experience for both athletes and spectators.’

Fingal County Council Senior Executive Officer Mary Godwin added: “We look forward to working closely with Athletics Ireland and the other partners to ensure we host the best European Cross Country Championships to date."

Fingal, County Dublin to stage the 2020 European Cross Country Championships
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Fingal, County Dublin to stage the 2020 European Cross Country Championships

L-R: Fingal County Council Senior Executive Officer Mary Godwin, European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams, European Athletics CEO Christian Milz

European Athletics are also happy to announce that the 2021 European Athletics U20 Championships has been awarded to the Estonian capital Tallinn.

Representing the bid in Lausanne were Estonian Athletic Association President and General Secretary Erich Teigamagi and Sirje Lippe, and i, Deputy Head of the Tallinn Youth and Sports Department Ain Kiv, from the city of Tallinn.

Tallinn was the host of the 2011 European Athletics U20 Championships and the 2015 European Athletics U23 Championships.

Tallinn to stage the 2021 European Athletics U20 Championships
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Tallinn to stage the 2021 European Athletics U20 Championships

L-R: Tallinn bid representatives Ain Kiv, Erich Teigamagi and Sirje Lippe, European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen and European Athletics CEO Christian Milz