The European Athletics Executive Board has announced that Poděbrady in the Czech Republic will stage the next three editions of the European Race Walking Team Championships, formerly known as the European Race Walking Cup, in 2021, 2023 and 2025.
The Czech spa town which is situated on the River Elbe is synonymous with race walking in athletics circles. Poděbrady has already staged the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in 1997, the European Race Walking Cup in 2017 as well as the annual European Athletics Race Walking Permit Meeting which dates back to 1929.
Delving even further back into history, a 50km race walking event was held between Prague and Poděbrady as far back as 1894 - two years before the first Summer Olympics in Athens and 38 years before the 50km race walk made its Olympic debut in Los Angeles in 1932.
“We know Poděbrady has a long history in staging well-organised and high quality international race walking events so we are therefore very happy to announce the next three editions of the European Race Walking Team Championships will take place in Poděbrady,” said European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen.
“The fact we have awarded Poděbrady the next three editions of the European Race Walking Team Championships shows we have the fullest confidence in the Local Organising Committee to deliver the best environment for the athletes.”
The 2019 European Race Walking Cup took place on Sunday 19 May in the Lithuanian town of Alytus where Italy topped the medal table with three gold medals. One of those gold medals came from Eleonora Giorgi who won the inaugural staging of the women’s 50km race walk in a European record of 4:04:50.
In total, eleven European Athletics Member Federations - and one Authorised Neutral Athlete - won medals in Alytus.