Jerusalem will host the 3rdn edition of the European Athletics U18 Championships that will be held from the 4-7 July 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel.
This is the first time that the first time Israel has hosted a major competition which will involve every athletics federation from across the continent.
The Israeli Athletics Association (IAA) was awarded the event at the European Athletics Council meeting in November 2019 and since then preparations have progressed rapidly.
This was confirmed by a site visit by European Athletics officials in early October.
IAA Chairman Ami Baran commented said, “I am glad everything is moving according to plan and the European Athletics U18 championship is getting closer. “European Athletics put their trust in the IAA and the Jerusalem Municipality to have the U18 Championship in Israel and all the responsible professional bodies are motivated to do our best.
“I had the honour to meet the delegates during the visit and I have no doubt that with productive collaboration we will take this trust and we will bring to Jerusalem the best championships that we can.
“I still am also filled with hope that the championships will happen in post-COVID-19 days and crowds will be able to join the athletics festivities.”
Extensive work has been conducted on the 3615-seater stadium, a World Athletics Class 2 Certified Athletics Facility, during the summer to upgrade it. After visiting the competition site and warm up facilities, as well as reviewing transportation and accommodation, European Athletics delegates were happy to report that the Local Organising Committee’s various ambitious plans are well on the way to being met.
The 2022 European Athletics U18 Championships comes after a hiatus of four years owing to the COVID pandemic causing the cancellation of the 2020 championships which were scheduled to be held in Rieti, Italy.
Approximately 1200 athletes are expected to participate in Jerusalem from across Europe.
The first two editions were held in Tbilisi in 2016 and 2018 they were held in Gyor, Hungary.