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European Athletics makes further strides forward on the issue of gender balance

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The 2019 European Athletics Congress in Prague saw a number of important decisions made about the future of the sport on Saturday, in addition to the various elections and financial reports.

The main decisions were:


With immediate effect for future ‘Election Congresses’:

a) The President and the Vice Presidents shall include both genders as follows: at least two of each gender (an increase from the 2019 minimum requirement for one of each gender).

b) The 13 other Council Members shall include both genders as follows with at least five of each gender.


The continuing process of moving towards a more appropriate gender balance was also extended towards the European Athletics Commission. An amendment to the Constitution was approved which will now apply the gender equity principal of at least 40% per gender in the composition of all newly created Commissions.


The European Combined Events Team Championships will be discontinued with effect from 2021, following an expert review which concluded that it was no longer an essential part of major event preparation for Europe’s leading multi-event exponents and that the resources needed to organise it can be better used for other purposes.

The European Race Walking Cup will be renamed the European Race Walking Team Championships from 2021.

The European Mountain Running Championships will be renamed the European Athletics Off-Road Championships from 2021.

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In addition, the following awards and honours were made:

European Athletics Honorary Members
Sylvia Barlag (NED)
Jose Luis de Carlos (ESP)
Toralf Nilsson (SWE)
Salih Munir Yaras (TUR)

European Athletics Plaque of Merit
Patrick Magyar (SUI)

European Athletics Golden Pin
Gregor Bencina (SLO)
Carlo Giordani (ITA)
Karin Lundgren (SWE)
Michel Marle (FRA)
Ibrahim Tunc (TUR)

The 2021 European Athletics Congress, the 27th edition, will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland and is scheduled for 15-17 October 2021.