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COVID-19 : The Cross of Itálica moves to November due to the pandemic

The thirty-ninth edition of the International Cross of Itálica, one of the most important events of the international cross-country calendar and which is usually held in January, It will be held this year on November 21, announced this Sunday the Diputación de Sevilla, organizer of the competition.

It’s a statement, The provincial body also reported that the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) will integrate the Spanish Championship of Cross Clubs on the same athletic day, which has already been held twice in the emblematic circuit on the Roman ruins of Santiponce (Seville).

“Today is an emblematic day: the first third Sunday of January in 34 years in which we are not enjoying the Cross of Itálica, because of the pandemic, but the Provincial Council was not going to give up and we have worked closely with the RFEA to bring the Cross on the calendar to this new date “, highlighted the provincial deputy for Citizenship and Sports, Alejandro Moyano.

This person in charge of the Sevillian Provincial Council thanked the RFEA for having “been sensitive at all times, both with regard to the transfer of the celebration of the Cross of Itálica as well as the reception of the new edition of the Spanish Championship, an event that last year brought together some 3,000 athletes in Soria, with the impact that this implies “.

For Moyano, the Cross of Itálica “is already a great embassy of the province to the world, with more than fifteen hours of television presence in its 2020 edition” and “more than 3,500 participants among international athletes, popular runners and grassroots athletes.”