The European Athletics Council has today (8) awarded Madrid, Spain as host for the European Athletics Team Championships Super League in 2023.
The Council also decided to award the 2023 European Athletics U23 Championships to Espoo, Finland and the 2023 European Athletics U20 Championships to Cluj-Napoca, Romania. All of the bidders made their final presentations to the Council online while the meeting itself was held at the Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, the first such in-person meeting of the European Athletics Council since Istanbul, Turkey in 2019 due to the pandemic.
The awarding of the 2023 European Team Championships Super League to Madrid, Spain is with the caveat that European Athletics is still in discussions with the European Olympic Committee on the possibility of athletics being showcased at the 2023 European Games via the inclusion of all leagues of the European Team Championships. These talks are ongoing and should they prove successful Madrid will be offered the opportunity to host the European Team Championships Super League in 2025.
Commenting on the Council decisions European Athletics Interim President Dobromir Karamarinov said: “I am very pleased that the Council could finally meet in person here in Lausanne, the home of the IOC and of European Athletics, after nearly 18 months of online meetings. I am very happy that the Council decided unanimously to award the 2023 European Athletics Team Championships Super League to Madrid, the 2023 European Athletics U23 Championships to Espoo, and the 2023 European Athletics U20 Championships to Cluj-Napoca.
"I offer my congratulations to the three member federations of Spain, Finland and Romania. We look forward to visiting you in what will be a busy year for European athletics in 2023.”
Commenting on the discussions surrounding the European Games 2023, European Athletics CEO Christian Milz said: “Today the Council took very clear decisions on the three bids for 2023 but the awarding of the European Athletics Team Championships Super League to Madrid was taken in the full and transparent knowledge that should our discussions with the European Olympic Committee conclude successfully concerning the European Games 2023, Madrid will be offered the opportunity to host the European Athletics Team Championships Super League in 2025 instead of 2023.”