European track and field championships canceled because of coronavirus pandemic

The European track and field championships in Paris this summer have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Local organizers and the French track federation say the biennial event scheduled for Aug. 25-30 could not be postponed for one year. They cited uncertainty about the sport's 2021 calendar and the French economy.

The decision came hours after the Paris Diamond League event -- at the same Charlety Stadium on June 13 -- was postponed with no alternative date set.

France was due to host track's European championships for the first time since 1938.

The 2022 edition is being held in Munich, Germany.