The SPAR European Cross Country Championships will now be held in Fingal-Dublin on December 12th 2021.
Fingal-Dublin was due to host the 2020 edition of the European Cross Country Championships next month on 13 December but the event was cancelled in 2020 owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Having previously staged the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in 2009, the event will now take place in the Irish capital for the second time in 2021 at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.
European Athletics Interim President Dobromir Karamarinov said: “Unfortunately, Dublin was unable to host this year’s SPAR European Cross Country Championships this year but we would like to thank Torino-La Mandria for their cooperation to allow Dublin to stage next year’s event.
“Ireland and Italy both have a rich tradition in staging not only continental but also global cross country events so we are naturally delighted to reallocate the next two editions of the championships to two proud and passionate cross country running nations.”
Liam Hennessy, Chairman of the Fingal-Dublin 2021 Local Organising Committee said: “We are delighted to be hosting the SPAR European Cross Country Championships for 2021 and we would like to thank European Athletics and FIDAL for their support in facilitating the event returning to Ireland next year.”
“Covid-19 had resulted in the championships which were set to take place in Fingal, Dublin next month being cancelled, but we can now look forward to working with Fingal County Council, Sport Ireland and RTÉ to ensure the 2021 SPAR European Cross Country Championships scheduled for December 12th is a memorable occasion for both athletes and spectators.”
Further details relating to Fingal-Dublin 2021 will be announced over the coming weeks.