Poland will have the unique opportunity of defending their title at the European Athletics Team Championships in front of their home fans after the Slaski Stadium in the Silesia region (Chorzow) was announced as the host venue for the Super League in 2021.
All four divisions of the European Athletics Team Championships will be taking place on 19-20 June and the composition of all four divisions can be found here or under Related Documents.
Poland captured their first ever title at the European Athletics Team Championships on home soil in Bydgoszcz in August 2019 when team captain Marcin Lewandowski in the 1500m provided one of 10 Polish victories across the three day competition. Poland comprehensively topped the standings with 345 points ahead of Germany (317.5 points) and France (316.5 points).
The European Athletics Team Championships will assume a slightly revised format next summer. The four divisions will all be held over two instead of three days and the Super League has been streamlined from twelve to eight competing teams. As well as Poland, the Super League will feature France, Germany, Great Britain & NI, Italy, Spain, Ukraine and newly promoted Portugal.
The European Athletics Team Championships First League takes place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania in the city’s recently constructed Cluj Arena, a 30,000 seater stadium which recently staged the Balkan Athletics Championships.
Romania will be joined in the First League by the five relegated teams from the Super League in 2019 - Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic, Greece and Switzerland - along with Belarus and Norway who finished second and third respectively in the First League in Sandnes in 2019. Turkey and the Netherlands will also be pushing for promotion back into the Super League as well.
The European Athletics Team Championships Second League will now take place in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria after Valmiera, Latvia pulled out.
Bulgaria gained promotion when Stara Zagora staged the Second League in 2015, helped immeasurably by a sprint treble from Ivet Lalova-Collio who is one of the most successful performers in European Athletics Team Championships history.
Other notable teams in the Second League include Hungary, Lithuania and Slovakia - all of whom were relegated from the First League in 2019 - and newly promoted Iceland who topped the Third League standings in Skopje in 2019.
The European Athletics Team Championships Third League is due to take place in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Related from the Second League in 2019, Cyprus will be looking for immediate promotion back into the third tier of this competition on home soil next year along with Serbia who just missed out on promotion in 2019 after a crucial disqualification in the men’s 4x400m relay.