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Posted: November 9, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: European Athletics has awarded the 2012 European Athletics Championships to the Finnish capital city of Helsinki

The European Athletics Council made the unanimous decision Monday afternoon after the Finnish Athletics Federation and City of Helsinki presented their candidacy to host the 21st edition of the event.

European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz said, "We are very pleased to confirm that Helsinki will be the hosts of the European Athletics Championships in 2012. Athletics is a hugely popular sport in Finland and today we have been assured that we can look forward to a fantastic event.

"There are some conditions to be fulfilled and we will work hard together with the host broadcaster, the local organising committee, the city and the European Broadcasting Union to make sure these are dealt with to all parties' satisfaction and that the 2012 championships are successful," said President Wirz.

Finland Athletics Federation President Antti Pihlakoski said, "This is a fantastic day for the city of Helsinki, the Finnish Athletics Federation and the country of Finland and I am very pleased that we are able to host for a third time this prestigious championships."

European Athletics has set a deadline of 15 December for an agreement to be reached on certain television production matters.

Helsinki, which hosted the championships in 1971 and 1994, was the outstanding candidate to organize the premier continental athletics event as it begins its two-year cycle in 2012.

The 2012 championships, scheduled for 27 June to 1 July, will be held without the Marathon and Race Walk events.

Finnish television was on hand to report on the historic decision made during the 124th European Athletics Council meeting at the Pullman Barcelona Skipper hotel in Barcelona, Spain.

The 2010 European Athletics Championships will take place in Barcelona through 26 July to 1 August.

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