22nd January 2021


British Athletics has confirmed the cancellation of the British Athletics Indoor Championships, due to be staged at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena 20-21 February.

The decision was taken in light of the ongoing pandemic to ensure the safety of all those due to participate; athletes, coaches, technical officials, volunteers, event and venue staff as well as protecting the Glasgow community. At the present time, the process of testing all those attending the Championships from across the UK, seen as an essential measure, would not sufficiently mitigate the risks.

British Athletics recognises our wider social responsibility to reduce COVID-19 transmission and to not over-burden the NHS. Whilst elite sport has been granted the privilege of an exemption to enable training and competition to continue, the logistics of safely staging a national championships comprising approximately 500+ attendees based across the UK and overseas need to be balanced with the risks to those involved, the local community, and the current medical climate.

With the European Indoor Championships currently scheduled to take place in Torun, Poland 5-7 March British Athletics acknowledges that the cohort of athletes vying for GB & NI team selection will need competition to enable qualification.

Therefore, alternative provision that enables smaller, COVID-19-compliant event qualification opportunities is being explored and will be confirmed to eligible athletes by British Athletics in due course.

Latest Update (29th January 2021)

British Athletics are pleased to confirm that smaller COVID-19-compliant events will now take place over the weekend of the 20th & 21st February. The European Indoor Selection Trials will allow eligible athletes to compete for places on the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland from the 5th – 7th March 2021.

The European Indoor Selection Trials events will take place behind closed doors at the following venues:

Lee Valley – Saturday 20th February

Men’s: 60m, 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump
Women’s: 60m Hurdles, Long Jump, Triple Jump
(Provisional Timings 12:00 – 17:00)

Loughborough – Sunday 21st February

Men’s: Pole Vault, Shot Put, High Jump
Women’s: Pole Vault, Shot Put, High Jump
(Provisional Timings 12:00 – 17:00)

Manchester – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st February

Men’s: 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, Heptathlon
Women’s: 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m,  Pentathlon
(Provisional Timings 10:00 – 17:00)

Timetables will be announced in due course.

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