Varhaník to chair 2022 Euro Champs board in Hansen's absence
Libor Varhaník, the vice-president of European Athletics, is temporarily taking over from Svein Arne Hansen as chairman of the board of directors for the multisports 2022 European Championships in Munich.
The 73-year-old Hansen was hospitalised last week after suffering a serious stroke.
Varhaník, the chairman of the Czech Athletic Association, was elected as a vice-president of European Athletics at last year's congress, at which Hansen was re-elected to serve another four-year term.
Célia Mendes, deputy director general of European Athletics, said: “Unfortunately, the current state of health of Svein Arne Hansen prevents him from fulfilling his duties. For this reason, the vice-president of the European Championships, Libor Varhaník, who has already been heavily involved in this project, will assume the position of chairman of the board for the European Championships in 2022.”
Munich was named as the host city of the championships last November.
The multisports European Championships debuted in 2018, with six sports (aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon) in Glasgow in the UK and athletics in the German capital Berlin.
European Athletics said this week that it was hopeful that this year's standalone European Athletics Championships can take place in Paris at the end of August despite the coronavirus pandemic that has decimated the sporting calendar.