Turin and Jerusalem awarded major events in 2021 and 2022

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Turin, Italy and Jerusalem, Israel have both been awarded major events over the next three years at the first day of the 159th European Athletics Council Meeting which is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turin will be staging the 2021 edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships. The event will be held at the La Mandria Park, one of the city’s foremost open-air attractions towards the north-west of the Piedmont capital. The park spans some 3000 hectares which makes it the second largest enclosed park in Europe and all seven races are due to finish in the courtyard of the La Mandria Castle.

“Today the European Athletics Council confirmed the awarding of the 2021 SPAR European Cross Country Championships to Torino La Mandria Park in Italy which will surely provide a fantastic location and backdrop for our blue riband yearly cross country event,” said European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen.

This will be the 28th edition of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships and the fourth time Italy has staged the event. The championships first took place on Italian soil in Ferrara in 1998 followed by San Giorgio su Legnano in 2006 and Chia in 2016.

Paula Radcliffe won her first of two European cross country titles in Ferrara while British compatriot Mo Farah won his first European senior title in San Giorgio su Legnano. A decade later, Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen won his first of three European U20 cross country titles in Chia.

The 2022 European Athletics U18 Championships was also awarded to Jerusalem during the European Athletics Council Meeting.

This will be the first time Israel has staged a major athletics championships although the country has in the past held successful editions of European Throwing Cup and European Combined Events Team Championships as well as the European Athletics Team Championships Second League in Tel Aviv in 2017.

“For the European Athletics U18 Championships in 2022, the Council selected Jerusalem, Israel. The Council was impressed not only by the bid’s credentials but also the investment that will be in the stadium infrastructure and leaving behind a lasting legacy for the next generation of Israeli athletes,” said President Hansen.

The European Athletics U18 Championships first took place in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2016. The championships is held biennially with the third edition to take place in Rieti, Italy from 16-19 July 2020.

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