The European Sports Federation members of the European Championships Board have confirmed their intentions to take part in the 2022 edition of the new “European Championships” multi-sport event, which takes place for the first time in Glasgow and Berlin in August 2018.
The Board members of the European sports federations of athletics, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, rowing, triathlon and golf all committed in principle to participating in 2022 after preliminary discussions on the host venue selection process for future editions of the championships.
European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen, co-chair of the European Championships Board, said there is already great interest from cities, regions and countries in hosting the 2022 European Championships following Berlin-Glasgow in 2018.
“This shows the value of our innovative concept – for the sports and the future bidding cities,” said President Hansen. “It is obvious why all the participating sports want to carry on in 2022 as the European Championships is a sustainable event that brings together our existing championships without adding to a crowded calendar, and this is very attractive and affordable to a wide range of host cities."
Fellow co-chair Paolo Barelli, President of the Ligue Européenne de Natation (European Aquatics), said: "The inaugural edition in 2018 will deliver to the participating sports huge benefits in terms of aggregation, through a higher profile and reach through our media agreements with the European Broadcasting Union. This will ensure our long-term financial security as we are confident the championships will go from strength-to-strength through 2022 and beyond."
In 2018, the existing senior European Championships of athletics, aquatics, cycling, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon will be brought together for the first time in Berlin and Glasgow, with a new Golf Team Championships also being introduced onto the European stage.
Around 1,500 athletes will compete in Berlin through 7-12 August 2018 as part of the European Athletics Championships. Approximately 3,025 athletes will compete in Glasgow in the other six events between 1-12 August.
The European Championships is collectively run by the participating European Sports Federations and all decisions are made by the European Championships Board, which is jointly chaired by European Athletics and LEN. Each Federation is independently responsible for their own sport within the concept and all decisions to participate are taken in full compliance with the decision-making processes and governance rules of each Federation.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which holds the broadcast rights on all platforms, has already confirmed coverage across the top five markets for 2018, with BBC in the United Kingdom, ARD/ZDF in Germany, France Televisions in France, RAI in Italy and TVE in Spain. These countries represent a major part of the potential television audience of 1.03 billion.
Meanwhile, a dispute between the European Championships organisers and the European Olympic Committees (EOC) continues. In response to a request for information from Host City, the EOC issued a statement on 31 May in which it cited a clause in a contract issued to the European Federations by the European Sports Championship Management (ESCM) which said: “EF shall not enter into any agreement for the integration of the Event and/or any other official EF competition requiring the participation of national federations and elite athletes in any other multisport event during the term of this Agreement and until one (1) year after the end of ESC 2018”.
In the statement, the EOC said “our stance is taken to ensure that new commercial entities cannot be allowed to erode the longstanding right of Olympic Movement stakeholders to stage their own established events.”
The support of the federations for the 2022 edition was announced at the European Championships Board meeting in Berlin on Monday. The Board also received updates from 2018 hosts Berlin and Glasgow and Working Groups related to the overall timetable, brand, and ceremonies, celebrations and shared experiences. The next Board meeting will be in Rome on 27 October 2016.