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The European Championships

The European Sports Championships is a new multi-sport event bringing together the existing European Championships of several sports, to be held every four years in a single location.

The idea is that instead each sports holding a European Championships at separate venues and on different schedules, they will be clustered together in a host city, similar to the setup for the Olympic Games. The event is limited to athletes from European nations.

The inaugural European Championships were held in 2018. There were seven sports involved: athletics, aquatics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon. The European Athletics Championships was held in Berlin, while all others were based in Glasgow. The event incorporated the new European Golf Team Championships. The official mascots of the 2018 European Championships were Bonnie the Seal in Glasgow and Berlino the bear in Berlin.

The 2nd European Championships were held in Munich, Germany, in 2022, involving nine Olympic sports (in 2018 there were seven). Some sporting events were held again: athletics, cycling, triathlon, artistic gymnastics, and rowing. New sports were beach volleyball, canoe sprint, sport climbing and table tennis. Sports that did not return were golf and aquatic events (as the 2022 European Aquatics Championships were held at the same time in Rome). As a result of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, athletes from Russia and Belarus were banned from competing.

The European Championships is different from the similar European Games, also held every four years. See more about multi-sport events in Europe.

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