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Munich has been named as host of the second edition of the multi-sport European Championships in 2022.

Athletics, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon have also been confirmed for the sports programme in the German city.

All six sports featured at the first European Championships in Glasgow and Berlin last year, alongside aquatics which has not been confirmed for a repeat appearance.

A European Championships spokesman told insidethegames that the European Swimming Federation (LEN) had ruled that existing facilities in Munich were “not sufficient” and they had decided to look elsewhere for their event.

The LEN could yet select a date and venue which would allow their competition to be held as part of the European Championships, however, with organisers hoping to again stage seven sports.

Participating European Federations unanimously approved Munich’s bid, which was first agreed by the City’s Council in March.

Most of the events in 2022 will take place in and around Munich Olympic Park, with organisers hoping for an “extraordinary festival atmosphere” and the chance to easily watch several different sports.

The Championships will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summer Olympics staged in Munich and will be held between August 11 and 21.

Eurovision Sport, a division of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will again be the media rights partner with free-to-air coverage across the region.

“I speak for all the participating sports in saying how delighted we are to be going to the wonderful city of Munich in 2022, and for athletics we are especially happy to be heading back to Germany after the success of Berlin 2018, where we know there are so many passionate sports fans,” Svein Arne Hansen said, the chairman of the European Championships 2022 Board and also the President of European Athletics.

“It is testament to the fantastic legacy of the Munich Olympic Park that we will bring our individual European Championships together again there, on the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games, and use many of its iconic venues.

“We are very pleased to partner again with Eurovision Sport, meaning that millions of sports fans will be able to experience the unique excitement of the European Championships 2022, via free-to-air broadcasters.”

In March, Munich City Council heard that €130 million (£112 million/$150 million) in funding will be required to host the event.

The decision to bid came with the condition that the German Federal Government and the state of Bavaria also contributed a third of the money each.

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