Paris to host 2020 European track and field championships

PARIS (AP) Paris has been confirmed as the host for the 2020 European track and field championships.

European Athletics announced Friday that competition will take place at Charlety Stadium from Aug. 26-30, just weeks after the 2020 Olympics finish in Tokyo on Aug. 9.

European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen said ''it's an ambitious yet realistic project, which will enable us to return our sport to center stage again, shortly after the Olympic Games.''

France, which hosted the world championships in 2003 and is bidding to host the 2024 Olympics, will organize the European championships for the first time since 1938.

The Charlety Satdium, in southern Paris, has a 20,000-seat capacity. It hosted the IAAF Grand Prix finals in 1994 and 2002. This year's Diamond League meet will take place in the same venue on July 1.

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