The 2017 European Gymnastics Championships, which were awarded to Bucharest earlier this year, may not take place in the Romanian capital after all.
In a press release issued Tuesday, the European Union of Gymnastics, which is responsible for organising the Europeans in all gymnastics disciplines, announced that “the Romanian Federation reported a serious delay in the construction project of a new sports complex in the capital,” which puts the championships in jeopardy.
Landing Europeans in the country of Nadia Comaneci and many other gymnastics stars was a coup for the Romanians, whose traditionally strong women’s teams have struggled in recent years to keep up with surges from Great Britain and Italy, among others.
In the wake of Bucharest’s difficulties, the Romanian Gymnastics Federation has suggested moving the competition to Cluj-Napoca, more than 400 kilometers northwest of Bucharest. At a meeting scheduled for October 9-10 in Lausanne (SUI), UEG officials will weigh the proposal, as well as possibly revisit the idea of Aarhus (DEN), which also bid for the 2017 Europeans.
Aarhus, the second-largest city in Denmark, has a long history of hosting gymnastics events, including the 2006 World Championships. The 2015 World Trampoline Gymnastics Championships will take place there in November.
Meanwhile, plans for the 2016 Europeans, to be held in Bern (SUI) next May, are moving forward as usual.