World-class athletics will return to Minsk in 2021 when the city is the host for the European Athletics Team Championships Super League, with the meeting set to take place on Saturday 19 June and Sunday 20 June next year.
It will be the third time in as many years that one of European Athletics’ leading competitions will be staged in the Belarusian capital following on from the initial staging of Dynamic New Athletics in June last year and then The Match Europe v USA in September 2019.
Many stars of both competitions are likely to return to Minsk in the summer of 2021 as the Super League next year will feature Europe’s top nine athletics nations, with the Dinamo National Olympic Stadium being a nine-track facility.
The competing teams will be 2019 European Team Championships winners Poland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Ukraine as well as Portugal and hosts Belarus, the latter two winning promotion from the First League in 2019.
The competition is expected to showcase many of Europe’s leading athletes who will use the event not only to defend their nation’s honour in the world’s premier athletics team competition but also use the event as part of their preparations for the Olympic Games later in the season.
Both the DNA final and The Match drew enthusiastic and near-capacity crowds to the 22,000-seater Dinamo National Olympic Stadium, showing that the Belarus public certainly have an appetite for top class athletics. More of the same is expected for the 2021 Super League.
At the time, European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen warmly congratulated the Belarus Athletic Federation and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and paid tribute to the Belarus athletics fans after The Match.
“I was so impressed by the quality of the facilities, organisation and hospitality in Minsk. I am sure the athletes will leave Minsk with only good memories,” said Hansen last September, echoing the comments of many of the athletes who wore Team Europe’s eye-catching orange attire in The Match.
Most athletes who competed in The Match made it abundantly clear they will not need much persuading to return to Minsk.
Among the Team Europe winners who could potentially compete in the next Super League was British sprinter Daryl Neita. “The track felt fast to me and the stadium is great. It was just such a great atmosphere.”
“I enjoyed the track. It felt fast, which I liked very much, and the crowd got into it” added Spain’s Orlando Ortega, the winner of The Match 110m hurdles.
The impressive and universally lauded Dinamo National Olympic Stadium is in the centre of Minsk which ensures that transport for athletes, officials and spectators is relatively easy and access is assisted by the city’s slick public transport system. It was reopened in June 2018 and is still in near-pristine condition.
European Athletics Green Inspiration Partner Mondo installed a Mondotrack WS surface, which has been the competition track at the last two Olympic Games, as part for the stadium’s renovation so the athletes selected to compete for their countries in the Super League next year will have the best possibly facilities on which to perform.
Hosts for the other leagues in the 2021 European Team Championships are still to be decided but the groupings are available to download in a document on the right-hand side of this page.