Paris to host 2020 European championships

The French capital had been the only remaining candidate after the Georgian city of Tbilisi withdrew last year.

It will be just the second time that Paris has hosted the continental championships after 1938.   -  Reuters (Representational Image)

Paris will host the 2020 European athletics championships which will take place after the Tokyo Olympics, European Athletics confirmed on Friday.

The French capital had been the only remaining candidate after the Georgian city of Tbilisi withdrew last year. It will be just the second time that Paris has hosted the continental championships after 1938. Paris hosted the world athletics championships in 2003 in Stade de France.

"I'm delighted that the European Athletics Council validated the Parisian project to host the European Athletics Championships 2020," European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen said. "It's an ambitious yet realistic project, which will enable us to return our sport to centre stage again, shortly after the Olympic Games."

The 26th edition of the European championships will take place in Charlety Stadium from August 26-30.