ISTANBUL

The 2020 European Athletics Championships in Paris were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The decision to cancel was driven by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the associated risks linked to the current situation, which are far from being under control, as well as the existing ban on mass gatherings in France,” the European Athletics said in a statement on Thursday night.

The 2020 European Athletics Championships was scheduled to take place at Charlety Stadium in Paris from August 25 to 30.

European Athletics’s interim president Dobromir Karamarinov said: “It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation

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