Berlin guarantees European Athletics Championships of 'highest technical level' in 2018
Clemens Prokop, president of the DLV, Germany's national athletics federation, has proclaimed that Berlin will organise a European Athletics Championships to the "highest technical level" in 2018.
The German capital was awarded hosting rights to the championships for the first time by the council of European Athletics, the sport's continental governing body, at its meeting in Zurich on Saturday.
Berlin was the only candidate for the event.
The 2018 championships will be held at the 77,000-seat Olympic Stadium and Prokop said: "We guarantee the 2018 European Athletics Championships will be organised at the highest technical level and with excellent conditions for the athletes.
"For German athletics, it is important that we have in 2014 the European Athletics Team Championships in Braunschweig, another major international event in Germany, to be now followed by the 2018 European Athletics Championships."
Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Berlin, added: "Berlin’s Olympic Stadium is one of the most modern stadiums in Europe. With the 2009 IAAF World Championships, we have already shown that we can organise an outstanding major international athletics event."
The 2018 event will mark the third time the European Athletics Championships are organised in Germany, after Stuttgart in 1986 and Munich in 2002.
Helsinki in Finland staged last year's European Championships, the first edition in a new biennial format. Zurich will host the 2014 event and the championships will head to Amsterdam in 2016.
Also at the European Athletics Council meeting in Zurich, Paray-le-Monial, in the Burgundy region of central France, was confirmed as host of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships in 2015, having been unopposed in the bidding process.
It will be the first time the annual event takes place in France.
The Serbian capital Belgrade will host this year's Cross Country Championships on December 8, with Samokov in Bulgaria set to stage the 2014 edition.