2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam

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July 6, 2016 - July 10, 2016

2016 European Athletics Championships, Amsterdam

In the summer of 2016, a unique event will occur: for the first time in history, the European Athletics Championships will be held in the sport city of Amsterdam.

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In the summer of 2016, a unique event will occur: for the first time in history, the European Athletics Championships will be held in the sport city of Amsterdam.

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  • Find out more about Amsterdam’s role as the organiser of the European Athletics Championships.
  • 1,300 athletes, competing in 44 disciplines, enjoying Amsterdam’s many facilities.
  • Aside from the Olympic Stadium, certain events will also be organised in the city’s centre.

Olympic Stadium

From 6 to 10 July 2016, over 1,300 athletes from 50 European countries will be competing for the medals in the 44 different athletics disciplines: a grand spectacle, most of which will unfold in the handsome Olympic Stadium, which was specially built for the Olympic Games of 1928.

Athletics like never before

But Amsterdam would not be Amsterdam if it did not take this opportunity to organise something special. This pioneering city of sports has therefore ensured that a number of the athletic events will be held in the actual city itself. Qualification rounds for the javelin and discus throws will be held on Museumplein square, surrounded by the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. This innovative idea fits well with the motto of the 2016 European Athletics Championships: “Athletics like never before”.

Half marathon and amateur race

In 2016, a half marathon will be included in the extensive list of disciplines for the first time. On the same day (10 July), a recreational 10-kilometre race for amateur runners will be held as well. Both these races will start and finish on Museumplein square. In other words, it’s going to be a unique experience. Will you be taking part?

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