In a departure from the usual face-to-face gathering held annually, due to the unprecedented circumstance that have affected athletics and public life in general during the first half of this year, in June it was agreed at a European Athletics Executive Board meeting to transform the European Athletics Convention - previously scheduled to take place in October this year in Tallinn, Estonia - into an online e-Convention.
This was due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding travel between many countries in Europe caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and the possibility that some Member Federations may not to be able to attend in person.
The format of the e-Convention will be announced in due course. The 2021 Convention is currently scheduled to take place as planned in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The European Athletics Convention is designed to support our Member Federations, offering opportunities for education, networking, planning and debriefing as well as socialising, along with the usual area or interest group meetings and calendar planning activities.
The format of this year's European Athletics Golden Tracks awards, which is the traditional glittering climax to the Convention when the men's and women's European Athletes of the Year and Rising Star trophies are presented, is also going to be changed and details will be announced shortly..
The 2019 European Athletes of the Year were Norway's Karsten Warholm and Authorised Neutral Athlete Mariya Lasitskene, from Russia, both of whom won European indoor and world outdoor titles in 2019. Germany's world decathlon champion Niklas Kaul and Ukraine's world high jump silver medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh were crowned Rising Stars.
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